Consider The Lobster, By David Foster Wallace

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I really value health that I wouldn't mind spending a lot of money on it especially when it comes to food. I'm a health buff but I am not trying to be a Vegan but reading Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace makes me curious in some way. Suppose that animal does feel the pain and suffers like human being? Boiling lobster to be specific, when you're about to cook them, do they somehow suffer, feel the pain, or have this emotions? because they struggle a lot in a pot when cooking it and make unnecessary noises. Based on this research, it is proven that animals have emotions.
The major thing about Mr. Wallace’s article is his concern about suffering of Lobster which he briefly explain the facts, he’s article feature the Maine Lobster Festival in Maine which the festival will cook 25,000 pound of lobsters, the World Largest Lobster Cooker as they call it, lobster will be cook in a gruesome way which he is concerned. Mr. Wallace characterized the lobster that boiling them is really hard for him to watch. Example is in his article he said that “Lobster looks like they are suffering as they hang their claws in the pot”. But this explains why the violent reaction of lobsters to boiling water is a reflex to noxious stimuli. And to add, Based on review by the Scottish animal welfare group Advocate for Animals released reported, a scientific evidence that strongly suggests that there is a potential for lobsters to experience pain and suffering. This is primarily because lobsters and other decapod crustaceans have opioid receptors and respond to opioids analgesics such as morphine in a similar way to vertebrates, indicating that lobsters' reaction to injury changes when painkillers are applied. The similarities in lobsters' and vertebrates' stress systems and behavioral responses to noxious stimuli were given as additional evidence for their capacity for pain. Well, it is hard not to be aware or feel bad when you cook the lobster, especially when you drop them in a boiling water that they will try to scape or attack your hands or in Mr. Wallace’s article he suggest that the fastest to cook it is to drive a sharp heavy knife point-first into a spot just above the midpoint between the lobster’s eyestalks, that is to avoid the agony of seeing the lobster suffer.
Furthermore, most ethicists agree on for determining whether a living creature has the capacity to suffer and so has genuine interests that it may or may not be our moral duty to consider (Wallace, 16). Jane Goodall is a good example of this as she’s one of the advocate that animal have emotions as human, as she mentioned one of her book Chimpanzee of Gombe , “I believed that having a degree of empathy for my subjects could help me detect slight changes in their mood or attitudes and provide insights into their complex social processes. I think time has proved me right”, (Godall). Reading some of Miss Goodall work in Africa is a masterpiece. To add more, I found this...

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