Is ethical to eat alive and semi-fried fish?
A video recorded at a restaurant in China is raising protests from animal advocates worldwide. The footage, uploaded to YouTube last week, show a live carp but half fried, served on a plate with sauce. The animal is dying and still breathing, although much of his body is cooked.
The recording has rekindled the debate over whether certain cooking habits of some areas of China are ethical. The association of animal welfare PETA thinks that the video is “disgusting” and asserts that “any decent person should be impressed when someone abuses a helpless dying animal.” Hundreds of netizens have expressed their disgust at what they see as savage and cruel practice.
The fish is kept alive because doing so covers her head with a damp cloth, so you can arrive at the table gasping.
While in the West is not usually go to the oyster or clam, eating live animals like fish, octopus, frogs or snakes is relatively common in some Asian countries. The legend also says that in China and Malaysia ate monkey brains alive.