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Whole foods is even more awesomer than I thought

Whole Foods Market(R) Reviews Humane Treatment of Live Lobsters

November 15, 2005 17:29:33 (ET)

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 15, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Whole Foods Market (WFMI, Trade)(R), the world's leading natural and organic foods supermarket and creator of the Animal Compassion Foundation, announced today that it has set a deadline of June 15, 2006 to assess and significantly upgrade the supply chain process to procure and sell live lobsters in a more humane way. If more compassionate standards are not implemented by that date, Whole Foods Market will discontinue the sale of live lobsters.

"Our commitment to animal compassionate standards means eliminating unnecessary and avoidable suffering when it is possible for us to do so," said John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market. "Given all the work we have done regarding animal welfare in our natural meat and animal compassionate standards, we decided the sale of live lobsters within our stores and also their procurement conditions were appropriate to question."

The review process will be led by an internal task force that will investigate alternatives to provide higher humane treatment standards for live lobsters throughout the entire supply chain process. The Company will pay special attention to significantly reducing the time from boat to shopping cart to avoid the long-term storage many lobsters endure after capture. The task force will also look at more humane handling and shipping methods as well as tank conditions in-store, aiming to mimic conditions of a lobster's natural habitat. If a viable alternative is not found, Whole Foods Market will discontinue the sale of live lobsters -- a ban which could only be lifted by Company leadership after acceptable humane standards were developed.

"We are viewing the lobster as a live creature rather than a commodity that deserves no concern. Just because we sell lobsters and have customers who will buy them is not a compelling argument to maintain status quo," added Mackey.

The first part of this review program is to address the procurement of live lobsters. Reviewing the procurement of other lobster products, such as frozen tails will follow, as will standards for live crab and crawfish.

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aiming to mimic conditions of a lobster's natural habitat

Awesome! THAT WOULD BE SO COOL. I would buy in their stores just because it would be like a trip to the aquarium.


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Re: "whassuuuuuupp..."

So are you coming by on Friday to use the chainsaw? Bring an extra leg incase you loose one.

would this be like providing cushioned seats for death row inmates?

if they really cared about preventing unnecessary suffering they wouldn't be selling lobsters at all, since eating lobsters is a completely unnecessary practice.

Unnecessary practice

They are not trying to stop unnecessary eating, they are trying to stop unnecessary suffering.

Certainly you are correct and there is is much that we eat that is unnecessary, but is being eaten suffering? I assume if we ate the lobsters alive that would be true. Perhaps if you had said, "Cooking lobsters is unnecessary suffering", I might have bought your point.

Re: Unnecessary practice

eating is generally the purpose people cook lobsters for, that's why i mentioned it, but of course the eating of a dead thing doesn't cause it suffering. it's the killing and handling that does.
i sincerely doubt that they sat and devised a method that prevents any suffering at all to these animals. they may suffer less now, but if anyone took their interest seriously (not just to make a good impression on your well meaning clients) they would see that there's no excuse to cause them even minimal suffering for someone else's pure luxury.