70-Year-Old Lobster Deserves Freedom

Larry's plight stirs conscience of restaurant writer
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2009 11:53 AM CDT
This isn't Larry: It's a freshly caught lobster is seen on the wharf at Cundy's Harbor, Maine.   (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

(Newser) – Restaurant writer Ryan Sutton has dined on his share of lobsters, but the plight of one venerable crustacean has left him without an appetite. "Larry" is a 70-year-old lobster at New York's Oceana restaurant awaiting its fate as a $275 entree. Sutton admits he's never given much thought to the age of any of the cows or pigs he's feasted on, but 70 years?

"There’s something deeply unsettling—logic and science aside—about feasting on a creature so long-lived," he writes for Bloomberg. "Surviving to such an age, having dodged lobster traps all his life, doesn’t he deserve some sort of 'get out of jail free' card?" At 11 pounds, Larry would likely be poached and steamed, says Oceana's manager. At the very least, Sutton hopes he's killed with a knife beforehand.