<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Birch (Jonathan) - Crabs and lobsters deserve protection from being cooked alive (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_22/PaperSummary_22803.htm">Crabs and lobsters deserve protection from being cooked alive</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/B/Author_Birch (Jonathan).htm">Birch (Jonathan)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Aeon, 03 November, 2017</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_22/PaperSummary_22803.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_22/PapersToNotes_22803.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>My response on Aeon</u> <ul type="disc"><li>Well, doesn't this have to be kept in proportion? 100k neurons is not a lot. Presumably everyone who replied looked up Wikipedia (<a name="W5729W"></a><A HREF = "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_animals_by_number_of_neurons" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>)? A fruit-fly has 250k neurons (as has an ant) - should we stop boiling fruit? A cockroach has a million neurons: should we set up sanctuaries for them? The bit about the article I disliked most was the terrible understatement towards the end: "Arguably an even stronger case can be made for octopus, squid ... ". You could say that again, only louder. As the paper points out at the beginning, octopus have 500 million neurons, of the same order as your average moggie. I agree with the "benefit of the doubt" principle, and that a more humane way of dispatching decapods should be sought. But campaigning for animals with a fraction of the computing power of cockroaches risks bringing animal welfarism into disrepute as rampant sentimentality. </li></ul><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>See <a name="W5728W"></a><A HREF = "https://aeon.co/ideas/crabs-and-lobsters-deserve-protection-from-being-cooked-alive" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>.<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T09:58" pubdate>02/08/2018 09:58:32</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>