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In his classic essay “Consider the Lobster,” acclaimed writer David Foster Wallace asked, “Is it all right to boil a sentient creature alive just for our gustatory pleasure?” The answer should be a resounding “no” (“Inside the Beltway,” May 31).

Multiple studies have indicated that lobsters feel pain, and lobsters that are boiled alive likely suffer every second of the three long minutes it takes for them to die. Researcher Gordon Gunter described boiling lobsters alive as “unnecessary torture.”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals would prefer, of course, that diners opt for an animal-friendly, vegan meal so that no one gets hurt. But using Crustastun to kill lobsters before boiling them is a huge step in the right direction — the direction toward not having lobsters trying frantically to climb out of pots of boiling water as they slowly cook to death.

PAULA MOORE

The PETA Foundation

Norfolk, Va.

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