Not that I’ve ever eaten a lot of Lobster in my life but…
Lobsters have a sophisticated nervous system that allows it to sense actions that will cause it harm and feel pain. Lobsters don’t have an autonomic nervous system that puts it into a state of shock when it is harmed. For this reason, they will feel pain until their nervous system is completely destroyed.
I freaked when I read this… poor lobsters that we toss into boiling water, alive, die in pain. If you chucked a human into boiling water the autonomic nervous system would go into shock very quickly and the human would in effect feel no more pain after that point… however it appears that a lobster would feel pain right up until the point of death. That is so so bad. We humans suck sometimes with the way we treat other animals.
The same probably goes for prawns and other crustaecians we toss into water live… poor poor Pinchy (see under “Pets”).
I found out about this because David told me that Pigs can’t look up, which I thought was crazy. Turns out he may be right.