Article written by Nidhi Mahajan
Human beings met extremely cruel and brutal practices on animals all in the name of satisfying their food fetishes. Instead of first killing marine animals like fish, shrimp, crab, octopus, and oysters before cooking or eating them, they cook or devour the poor animals alive and without any chills. Sometimes the kind of pain that these animals undergo in our hands is simply indescribable.
Though many countries have banned these cruel indulgences, they are still widespread in Western and Asian countries. Countries such as the USA, China, Korea, and Japan don’t have a problem with cooking or eating seafood alive.
I wouldn’t cook or eat live fish or any other living creature that serves as a food source for human beings. With so many recipes for cooking and eating these animals in a less cruel manner available all over the Web, why would one choose to subject them to such high levels of pain and torture?
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1. Yin Yang Fish
Originating in Taiwan, Yin Yang fish, which translates to “dead-and-alive fish” in English is characterized by a deep-fried whole fish that remains alive after cooking. Usually, it is the carp fish that are used for this cruel seafood dish. After being subjected to the agonizing pain of the cooking process, the live fish is then served on a plate and then covered in sauce. Thank God, Germany, Australia, and Taiwan all have outlawed the practice.
Ikizukuri is a Japanese word that translates to “prepared alive” in English. Here, raw fish(sashimi) is prepared alive to make seafood. Typically, fish is used, but shrimp, lobster, and octopus may also be used.
In a restaurant setup, a customer who chooses to indulge in this animal-brutal practice selects fish or any other sea creature from a nearby glass tank that contains live choices. Their choice is then delivered to the chef who prepares it with a variety of ingredients before sending it back dipped in a sauce back to the customer. Without wasting time, the customer begins to devour the poor fish, ripping it through its internal organs as it watches helplessly until it is no more.
3. Odori Ebi: The Dancing Shrimp
Odori Ebi means “The Dancing Shrimp” in English. Very widespread in Japan, Odori Ebi is all about eating young shrimp alive. Normally, the poor animal is dipped in sake before being eaten alive. At least, the sake intoxicates to save it some pain, especially when the animal is being eaten. Usually, the shrimp is eaten with a special sauce and it’s sad to see how the poor creature is still capable of moving its antennae and legs while being subjected to the excruciating pain of being eaten alive. The eater is urged to finish off the animal immediately to end its pain, this practice is simply too cruel and unjustifiable.
4. Stone Crab Claws
Stone crab claws are a very popular seafood delicacy in the US, especially in the state of Florida. Not only is the delicacy bizarre, but it is also overwhelmingly cruel to stone crabs, considering how the claws are obtained. The crabs are caught by professionals and recreational crabbers, and their claws are brutally harvested. After that, the live animals are thrown back into the water while in agonizing pain and left to again grow new claws for humans’ delicacy. Supposedly, they are de-clawed without being killed to maintain their population.
This is a South Korean seafood delicacy that consists of raw baby octopus. The poor octopus is sliced into tiny pieces and seasoned with essential oil(typically sesame oil) before being eaten alive. It’s so pitiful to see how the sliced pieces squirm on the plate while being consumed, probably due to pain.
6. Drunken Shrimp
Though it originated in the Philippines, drunken shrimp’s popularity as a seafood delicacy has spread to China and other parts of the world. Here, fresh-water shrimp is intoxicated by being placed in a strong liquor called baijiu before being mercilessly devoured alive.
7. Live Oyster and Lobster
The practice of eating oysters and lobsters alive is fairly widespread in the Western world with countries such as North America, Europe, and Australia topping the list. It’s so heartbreaking to see how many restaurants in New York city advertise that they grant customers the opportunity to pick belly sashimi from a live oyster or lobster. And it’s not surprising to see how people grab those opportunities thoughtlessly to torture these poor animals for selfish delicacy fetishes.
Seafood delicacies are delicious and nutritious options that we are all at liberty to enjoy, at least, humanely. Rather than subject a poor baby shrimp, fish, oyster, or any other marine animal to the immense pain of being eaten or deep-fried alive before being devoured, we should end the lives of these animals first before subjecting them to these processes. It saves them agonizing pain. Unfortunately, some people are so cruel and brutal to these creatures that they don’t see the agony to which they subject them when they cook or eat them alive. I hope this article helps you treat these animals a little less brutally even when it comes to having them as delicacies. Do you know of any other seafood delicacy indulgence that is so cruel to animals other than the above? If yes, feel free to comment below and let us know.