Lobsters and crabs can feel pain. Knowing this to be a fact, imagine our surprise when we hear from people who try to justify eating animals such as crabs and lobsters with the ol’ “crustaceans can’t feel pain” myth.
NEWSFLASH: Not only can lobsters and crabs feel pain, science also shows that they may even feel more pain than humans would in similar situations.
According to invertebrate zoologist Jaren G. Horsley:
The lobster does not have an autonomic nervous system that puts it into a state of shock when it is harmed.
Anyone who has ever witnessed the horrific act of a lobster being boiled alive knows that when dropped into scalding-hot water, lobsters whip their bodies wildly and scrape the sides of the pot in a desperate attempt to escape. </3
Like lobsters, crabs are often thrown into pots of scalding-hot water and boiled alive. The crabs will fight so hard against a clearly painful death that their claws often break off in their struggle to escape.