Would a really big brain increase one's ability to feel pain?Lobsters, other invertebrates unlikely to feel pain, Norwegian study shows</B>
By CLARKE CANFIELD
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A new study out of Norway concludes that it's unlikely lobsters feel pain, stirring up a long-simmering debate over whether Maine's most valuable seafood suffers when it's being cooked.
Animal activists for years have claimed that lobsters feel excruciating agony when they are cooked, and that dropping one in a pot of boiling water is tantamount to torture.
The study, which was funded by the Norwegian government and written by a scientist at the University of Oslo, suggests that lobsters and other invertebrates probably don't suffer even if lobsters do tend to thrash in boiling water. "Lobsters and crabs have some capacity of learning, but it is unlikely that they can feel pain," the study concluded.
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