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Seafood Company Convicted Of Animal Cruelty For Improperly Killing Lobsters

I know that there’s no true “humane” way to kill a lobster. But the way this company was killing lobsters was shocking, to say the least.

Australian-based Nicholas Seafoods was caught killing lobsters in an illegal manner as part of the production process, according to the Washington Post. The company was found guilty of violating local animal cruelty laws in the New South Wales Area and punished with a $1500 fine.

What did they do, exactly? They were using a bandsaw to cut off the tails of the lobsters while they were still alive. Yikes.

The company was the first to be fined under the region’s lobster cruelty laws, and it’s possible that this incident is one of the first occurrences of a business being charged with a lobster-related cruelty crime in the world.

This may be because laws that protect lobsters don’t really exist globally. The United States, for example, doesn’t protect fish or crustaceans — including lobster — under its animal cruelty laws.

If you’re wondering how a lobster is “humanely” killed, some suggestions include electrically stunning or chilling the lobster before quickly ending its life with a single strike through the center of the lobster’s head and chest area with a knife.

Boiling a live lobster whole is NOT considered humane, so if you’re doing that, you may be the next one to be charged for lobster cruelty.

Hit-Or-Miss News

Lobster Festival Forced To Serve Hot Dogs After Lobsters Go Missing


Guests who attended a local lobster festival in Canada’s Northern Alberta community of Cotillion were forced to eat hot dogs because of a common shipping nuisance: a misplaced package.

Air Canada was supposed to deliver 100 live lobsters to the Grande Prairie Airport in Alberta on Aug. 13. When the organizers arrived to pick up the shipment, they were surprised to hear that the package wasn’t there.

Jackie Panasiuk, who helped her sister organize the festival, told CBC News that they had people come from all over Alberta to attend the event, and they were expecting 145 pounds worth of lobsters. Sadly, the VIP guests were a no show.

Apparently, there was severe weather that caused their shipping package to be grounded in Toronto, thus resulting in a missed connecting flight for the clawed crustaceans.

When the delayed shipment finally arrived at Edmonton Airport, Panasiuk spent hours on the phone with airline agents trying get the lobsters to their original destination at Grande Prairie, about 4.5 hours away. She was ultimately forced to wait for the shipment after declining the option of paying $750 out-of-pocket to taxi the lobsters to Cotillion. We feel the frustration.

Panasiuk was hoping the lobsters would be transferred to a different flight or some other travel alternative to avoid this mishap, but an Air Canada representative said it wasn’t possible. Isabelle Arthur made a statement to CBC Edmonton stating that the airline can’t transfer shipments to another airline unless it has been pre-approved, which is a process that takes longer than a day.

The lobsters may have dodged their fate a few extra hours, but they finally arrived – most of them rotten – 18 hours later than expected and a day after the festival. “We cooked and froze them and distributed them to community members because nobody has enough freezer space for that many lobsters,” Panasiuk told CBC news.

After the incident gained much attention, Air Canada finally tried to butter up the situation by offering reimbursement for the shipping cost and cost of the seafood order, which the organizers accepted, of course.

Unfortunately, the lobster-less festival wasn’t all it was cracked out to be, and Panasiuk said they don’t plan on organizing future lobster-slash-hot-dog festivals for Alberta guests.