Sydney Seafood Store Convicted of Animal Cruelty for Inhumane Treatment of Lobsters

GR:  I find it delightful that law protects these sentient creatures from cruelty. Let this idea spread and it will transform our society into a much happier, stable, sustainable civilization.

“A popular seafood store in Sydney, Australia, was charged with animal cruelty for its treatment of lobsters, resulting in the first animal cruelty conviction in New South Wales (NSW) involving crustaceans. In both the U.S. and Australia, no matter how horrendously they are treated, it is rare for criminal cruelty charges to be brought in cases involving animals who are considered “food.” This is especially true when those animals are non-vertebrates, making this case particularly notable.

“The conviction of Nicholas Seafood resulted from an inspection by the NSW Royal Society for the Prevention of Animals (RSPCA) after it obtained video showing a worker butchering a lobster alive with no attempt to render the animal unconscious beforehand, in violation of NSW’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The video shows a lobster struggling to escape during the dismembering process, remaining alive after the animal’s tail is cut off—which according to the RSCPA does not kill but causes immense pain—and before being put through a band saw.

“The RSPCA issued a fine, but Nicholas Seafood decided to take the matter to court, resulting in the conviction of an Act of Animal Cruelty and a $1,500 fine. The company has said its staff have now been properly trained to kill the lobsters in a manner considered “humane” according to government guidelines.

“Whether crustaceans are covered under animal cruelty laws depends on how the specific legislation defines “animal.” There is no national animal protection law in Australia, but each state or territory has its own law protecting animals. Some restrict the definition of animal to vertebrates, but others, including NSW, include crustaceans in that definition. Crustaceans were added to NSW’s Prevention of Animal Cruelty Act in 1997 “after it was medically proven they feel pain.” In contrast to the vertebrate species included in the law, crustaceans are only covered when being prepared as food.” –Nicole Pallotta (Continue reading:  Sydney Seafood Store Convicted of Animal Cruelty for Inhumane Treatment of Lobsters | Animal Legal Defense Fund.)

Lost Animals–Garry Rogers Goodreads Comment

Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic RecordLost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record by Errol Fuller

Garry Rogers rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was hard to read. As you pass from one tragedy to the next, you gather sadness like a rolling ball gathers snow. More than a simple chronicle, there is deep concern here. I recommend it.

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Members of Congress challenge merit of NIH monkey experiments

by Samantha Schmieder:  Four members of Congress have expressed concerns about experiments on infant monkeys taking place at a National Institutes of Health lab in Poolesville.

In a letter to NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, dated Dec. 22, 2014, representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), Dina Titus (D-Nev.), Sam Farr (D-Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said constituents contacted them in response to media accounts of the tests, including a campaign by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.  Source:

GR:  Respect for animals is an essential element of nature conservation.  Moreover, results of drug trials on one species often don’t apply to other species.  Test human drugs on humans.  First choice for volunteers would be CEOs and product managers from the drug maker.

National Park Service: Relocate Yellowstone’s “Excess” Bison Instead of Killing Them

Jan 22, 2015:  Read the latest news on this story:  The slaughter starts.

Dear NPS,
Please understand that the majority of U.S. citizens do not wish for any of our Yellowstone bison to be taken to slaughter.  Something that has not been mentioned in this controversy is that the super-volcano underneath the state of Wyoming has been rising at a record rate since 2004.  Its floor has gone up three inches per year for the last three years indicating the fastest rate since records began in 1923.  It’s certainly possible that animals as intelligent and instinctual as bison are noticing the changes in their environment and exhibiting the same instinctual behavior as the elephants and other animals did prior to the tsunami in the Indian Ocean.  According to National Geographic:
• Elephants screamed and ran for higher ground.
• Flamingos abandoned their low-lying breeding areas.
• Zoo animals rushed into their shelters and could not be enticed to come back out.  Yellowstone bison could very well be trying to escape impending death by following ancient migration corridors out of the area.


GR:  The great war between humans and wildlife is generally invisible.  We build on, dump on, and step on wildlife and their homes in unconscious pursuits.  When we can see, as in the case of Bison, it is imperative that we act responsibly and accept our species’ role as nature’s only possible defender.  Please sign.