You may think of me as a hypocrite for saying this and maybe I am. I’m not a vegetarian. Honestly, I wish I was but my dietary restrictions are such these days that food shopping is hard at the best of times and I do feel at times that I don’t have the luxury of going over to things like Quorn when a lot of these products contain gluten. That being said, I am conscientious about where my food comes from and I try to eat food from the most humane places possible.
PETA is obviously an organisation that is pro animal life and pro vegan and I respect their opinions for the most part, even though there are certain policies of theirs to that I do fundamentally disagree with too. Their recent exposé however shocked me. I won’t post the video of it but if you really want to see it, you can here directly from the Daily Mirror’s website.
But anyway, the exposé was on the truly barbaric practice of live animal eating. If you have a weak constitution, I would strongly recommend not watching the video. It actually upset me quite a bit.
Sparing the details of the video, the practice is something of a growing trend, particularly in Japanese and Korean cuisine. And it involves practices from live seafood hotspots and dreaming of live seafood before the eyes of patrons to the dismembering of live seafood, including shrimp, lobsters and octopi while it is alive. In some cases, they even serve the parts of the animal next to the alive remains which are experiencing excruciating pain. The unflinching footage mentioned singles out Korean sushi restaurant T Equals Fish, where customers order sannakji – literally “wriggling octopus” – and lobster tails served on the same plate as the living animal.
Honestly, this practice is truly barbaric. For one, I have never eaten lobster or crabs for these very reasons but this latest shock is unbelievable. Is there no level to the cruelty that some people do? I am sure, part of it, is the fact that the animals in question are sea food and for that reason, people assume that they are unintelligible creatures with no perception for pain. That, in my mind, can be the only reason why people resort to practices such as shark definning while they are live and then thrown back into the water, the asphyxiation of fish pulled up on theee massive trawlers and indeed, the practices highlighted above. But these animals are intelligent. They do feel pain. And thrse practices are DISGUSTING.
It is unsurprising that are planet is being destroyed by mankind when so many people have such apathy for it and all the animals and organisms in it