Chelsea, as the estimated 110-year-old lobster had lovingly become known in its last few hours of life, got a star’s treatment at the restaurant, complete with an entry behind servers waving flashing sparklers while it sat atop a rolling cart decorated with a black tablecloth, cilantro, lemons and peppers.
Okay, first let's get some self-disclosure out of the way. I am a practicing omnivore. There are many good arguments for vegetarianism and veganism. I totally respect those who choose their diet based on what they believe is good for the Earth or simply based on their religious tenents. Several years ago, I tried to go vegetarian with the intentions of eventually going vegan. I ended up very, very sick. It turns out that because of my myriad health problems, there really isn't a vegetarian diet that can work for me. The fact that soy has been shown to be really bad for people with my kind of cancer worked against my vegetarian endeavor big time.
Because of my own situation, I am well aware of the fact that there are some very good reasons for eating meat. There are certain kinds of nutrients that you're only going to get from animal-based foods. In terms of physiology, our bodies are quite capable of digesting many kinds of meat. As a matter of practicality, there are plenty of places on this small planet where people really can't afford to stop eating meat; When you're living in a place where any food is hard to come by and/or the plant-based foods are too expensive for you to try and sustain yourself without what you can catch, hunt, or fish, I don't think there are any moral arguments to be made against eating meat.
That said, there are some things that I just don't think should be eaten unless you are actually without any other options. This was a lobster that had managed to survive the entire 20th century. The majority of humans don't even live to see 100 years old. But some idiot gets a notion that they want to eat a 20 pound lobster at a second-rate chain restaurant and so this animal's life has to come to an end. I don't understand it. It just looks like conspicuous consumption to me.
At best, the lobster tastes just like any other lobster you can normally find in a restaurant. At worst, you're eating a creature that has been sucking up and ingesting all of the crap that people have been putting into the water supply for the past hundred years. If you think that the environment has suffered in the years that George Bush's appointees have been allowing industrial corporations to get away with practically anything they want to do, just imagine what sort of sludge people were dumping into the harbors, lakes, and streams back in 1896. For that reason alone you couldn't pay me to eat that lobster.
Besides that, I mean, I'm not exactly a sentimental kind of girl but even I would feel really bad about eating anything that was born before even my grandmother was alive. Good grief!!