Video shows a crab sadly accepting its fate as it gets fried alive
We all know that to make an omelette you have to break a few eggs. The saying also applies to the animals laying the breakfast goodies - you want anything with chicken in it, a few have to die for that to happen. As heartfelt as the 2000 claymation film Chicken Run is, it isn't a real depiction of what happens in the meat industry.
You can't help but visibly shudder watching the below video of a live crab eating veggies as it is getting cooked alive. Seriously, it's almost kind of sad watching the crustacean frantically scurry around the hot pan for some food.
China Global Television Network posted the shocking footage above, which was reportedly taken in the city of Changsha late last month. The actual rough video, which lasts about five seconds, shows the crab sitting in oil as it runs around, nibbling at the leeks and chilies in the pan in an attempt to sustain itself before dying.
People on Twitter who saw the video had mixed reactions to what they saw. Twitter user @tekhelet said: "Can’t believe some folk making a fuss over this lol. Maybe I used to seeing crabs cooked alive. Dunno," while @Globalglimpse_t said: "this is cruelty."
@SordoAZ took the most bizare approach, saying "I would put butter, lemon, garlic and rosemary and red pepper on pan and let crab enjoy eating whatever it want before I cook them alive lol," almost as if it were on Death Row and it was the crab's last taste of the purer things of humankind - or rather, crabkind.
To be clear, though, this is not the proper way to kill a crab humanely. Ideally, the crab should be dead before it goes into your pan or pot. If you still have the stomach for it, below is a video demonstration on how to properly kill a crab in a humane fashion. If you're working with live crabs at home, this is the way to go.
If you still want to eat crabs after this, know they can be a part of a balanced diet. The actress, author and philanthropist Gabrielle Union makes it a huge part of her lifestyle, and the evidence for how great a diet with crabs in it really shows.
Bear in mind, this lady is 45, so if you want to look anything like this when you hit that age, you may want to listen up. Even if you don't have a personal chef like her (and many other celebrities) do, or the means to buy quality cuts and organic food, you can still look out for lean meat and fish.
Most of Union's protein comes from leaner cuts, and it's very apparent in her Instagram, where you'll see pictures of crab, lobster, shrimp and sea bass. All of exceptionally good for you. On top of that, it's eating your greens and not being afraid to splurge from time to time that really does the trick.
If you can get over those videos, try living like Gabrielle Union for a few weeks. I think you'll like the results.