Seeing The World From The Lobster's Point Of View



First of all, I'd like to thank Tom Garrett for his July 6 Payson Roundup column, "Caring, though painful at times, is part of what makes us human." It was interesting to see the world from an ant's point of view, versus human's. His article also made me finally write about something that's been troubling me for quite some time.

Whenever I go into the meat department at one of the stores in Payson, there is a lobster tank in the middle of the aisle, not off to the side but right smack in the middle. I wonder about what it must be like from the lobster's point of view. Here it is swimming in the ocean, doing what it was intended to do (even though I'm not really sure exactly what a lobster does), it is swept up into a boat, transported by truck with its claw banded shut, along with lots and lots of other lobsters, all wondering what is happening.

The lobsters all land (sorry for the pun) in the grocery store tank with land creatures walking all around, with little children pressing their antennae against the tank thinking SeaWorld must be close by, not knowing they are headed for a hot water sauna after they are bought.

Which raises some questions. When bought, is the lobster put into a plastic bag with water like in the aquarium section of the store? Do they weigh the lobster first and put a bar-sticker label on its outer shell for the cashier?

I just don't equate this store, an efficient discount chain that caters to the middle class in this country, with selling lobsters. They don't sell caviar, why lobsters?

It certainly would be interesting to get comments from the store management, people who buy the lobsters and anyone else who may be interested, as we all have different points of views.

Susan Oliver, Pine

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