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Videos of women eating live KRABS spiced with herbs and alcohol divide opinion on TikTok
- Social media users are divided over videos showing people eating live crabs
- Many find the exercise ‘cruel’ when watching crabs crawl to escape bowls
- However, some said the practice is accepted in regions of South Korea and China
Social media users are divided over videos of people eating live crabs.
The clips, which have been shared on platforms like TikTok and Instagram, have led some people to accuse the diners of “animal cruelty.”
However, others have risen to defend the practice, noting that it is “part of the culture” in certain parts of countries, including South Korea and China.
Social media users are divided over videos of people eating live crabs. Pictured, a sampling of one of the clips shared on TikTok
Two clips posted online show women sitting in front of a bowl full of live crabs. They pour spices and alcohol over the dish to flavor it and eat the crabs whole.
The videos have shocked some viewers, some say it is cruel and could lead to health problems.
One posted: ‘That’s how you get a parasite’. Another wrote: ‘Why not cook them?’
But another woman intervened and said, “This is the kind of thing that divided my Korean church.
In an ASMR video on TikTok, a woman was seen eating live crabs and cracking them in half. Videos like this are divisive and some claim it’s ‘animal cruelty’
The clips, which have been shared on platforms such as TikTok and Instagram, have led some people to accuse the diners of “animal cruelty.”
“My mother said it was not common and this would happen in small villages. We saw an old man do it – but my mother was against it and said it was cruel.”
Another wrote: “It’s part of their culture not to hate.”
Others rushed to clarify that it is not a widespread practice, in response to some of the racist comments posted.
Someone wrote: ‘I have eaten live seafood in Asia, especially in mainland China, but it is NOT widespread, this is not common.’
Some viewers were fascinated by the idea, asking, “Can someone tell me if it’s safe to eat that because I want to try it.”
However, others have stepped up to defend the practice, noting that it is “part of the culture” in certain parts of countries, including South Korea and China.
Eating live seafood is nothing new, as delicacies like drunken shrimp – where live shrimp are marinated in sauce, beer and then devoured – have been enjoyed in coastal regions of Asia for decades.
There are risks associated with eating raw seafood, such as catching tapeworms and other pathogens that seriously affect human health.
Debates over the sense of sea creatures have come to a head in recent years, with the UK declaring several sea creatures conscious.
An amendment to the Animal Welfare Act (Sentience) following the LSE report on decapods and cephalopods last year said, “Crabs, octopus and lobsters should be recognized as living creatures in government decision-making.”
The move followed the findings of an independent study commissioned by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), which concluded that there is strong scientific evidence that decapod crustaceans and cephalopod mollusks have thought and felt.
Similar doctrines state that octopus must be humanely killed in the EU since 2016.
2013 The Atlantic Ocean reported that live crab vending machines were found in Hangzhou, China.
mr. Liu, the owner of the vending machine, said: Crab shops like ours usually close at night. But what should people do at night when their stomachs start to empty and they want to eat a hairy crab and drink some booze?’