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Published:October 10th, 2010 11:57 EST
I Like My Food Dead, Thanks.

I Like My Food Dead, Thanks.

By Tony Graff

Nishiki Sushi in Sacramento was recently told by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA for short, to remove a dish called dancing prawns from their menu. The dish is described as soaking live prawns in sake before cutting the tails off and serving them. The customers then squeezed lemon juice on the critters so that they would dance while being eaten alive. 

PETA pointed out to the sushi restaurant that it wasn`t dancing, but seizing with pain. The owner, Danny Leung, states that he didn`t know that the prawns were reacting to pain. 

Is it just me, or wouldn`t knowledge like that fall under a common sense category? Hold off on the fact that the customer is eating food that`s still squirming, isn`t the fact that animals feel pain something we should know by now? Apparently not, since the spokesperson at PETA had to point to a study back in 2007 by a university in Belfast, Ireland that proved that prawns react to painkillers and pain. 

Nishiki Sushi isn`t the first restaurant to offer the so-called "fresher than fresh" cuisine. On the other side of the states, Jewel Bako has live spiny lobster sashimi. Many places in Japan also offer a live fish, filleted and served with the head and tail decoratively placed on the plate, still moving. 

I`m a huge fan of sushi, absolutely love that kind of food, but what happened to food being dead before it reached my table? Giving my food the opportunity to fight back before it reaches my lips doesn`t sound like a pleasant evening at a restaurant.