Lobster Pain

Study shows lobsters unlikely to feel pain in boiling water

Researchers in Norway say don't feel guilty next time you drop a lobster in boiling water because "it is unlikely that they can feel pain." Animal activists for years have claimed that boiling lobsters is tantamount to torture. However, the study suggests otherwise. It says that lobsters and other crustaceans probably don't suffer even if they do thrash around in boiling water. Still animal rights activists want people to consider the source. They say Norway doesn't want to hurt its fishing industry. An official with the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says, "This is exactly like the tobacco industry claiming that smoking doesn't cause cancer."