Letter: Hunting the lobster

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The Independent Culture
Sir: How right you are to publish letters highlighting the barbarity of humans in their treatment of living things (27 July). Certainly we should pity the fox, the lobster and even the common housefly, but I am surprised that none of your readers has drawn attention to the greatest cruelty of all.

Without protest from any quarter, we repeatedly rear a huge variety of species, wrench them from their main source of sustenance, display and sell them without even bothering to kill them. We take them home, hack them to pieces and boil them alive, and sometimes even eat them raw. I refer, of course, to vegetables.