Ocean Life 1
LOBSTERS: Invertebrates of the NEPHROPIDAE family of marine crustaceans that existed up to 140 million years ago.
In order to grow they shed their exoskeleton up to 25 times in the first 5 - 10 years until adulthood, then once a year if male and once every two years if female.
They live solitary lives on the sea bed of all the world's oceans.
A mother carries her young for 9 - 12 months, externally attaching the eggs to her tail.
Their lifespan is unknown but it is believed that it could be up to 100 years.
Their shells have a mixture of colour pigments as varied as human skin or hair.
They can be yellow, brown, olive, blue, orange, red or white.
When cooked, the pigment bonds break down, leaving only the red (carotenoid) pigment visible.
Tens of millions of lobsters are consumed by humans each year.
They are caught in metal cage traps, their claws are taped shut, and they are packed in crates for transportation.
They are killed by being boiled alive (taking between 2 - 15 minutes to die) or by being sliced down the middle with a knife.
Both methods are carried out whilst they are fully conscious.
Research has clearly shown that lobsters (and other sea life) suffer pain, fear and distress.
However, they are not covered by UK animal welfare legislation and receive no protection from inhumane handling, storage or slaughter in the food industry.
OCEAN LIFE BELONGS IN THE OCEAN.
END THE SUFFERING.