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(CGTN)Online footage capturing the moment a crayfish fled for its life from a boiling hotpot by severing its own claw has made the plucky crustacean the hottest creature on Chinese social media.

In the video, the crayfish is seen dragging its claws out of the pot of spicy soup after being dropped in, struggling to escape from certain death.

However, the crayfish defies its fate as a dinner dish and suddenly clips off one of its claws.

The video quickly spread across social media platforms, with thousands of people touched by its lust for life.

@JiuKe, the Tik Tok user who filmed the clip, was so impressed that he let the crayfish live and adopted it as a pet.

Crayfish usually have a life cycle of three to eight years, and can regenerate their limbs and claws.

The clip however went on to strike a more serious note, with some animal rights organizations criticizing the video.

A Weibo account representing People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia reposted the video and called on people to stop injuring creatures.

“Though the crayfish cannot make a sound when it is in pain, it doesn’t mean it feels less pain than humans. Crayfish also have a neural system, which means they can sense pain, producing a hormone similar to human adrenaline,” wrote PETA in its Weibo post.

Netizens reacted to PETA Asia’s call for greater protection of animals by criticizing the uploaders for animal abuse.

“Eat! Don’t abuse it,” @Daoweichepingren commented below PETA’s post.

“What’s wrong with humans? What we are driven by is a desire for good food, but what the crayfish pursues is the chance to live,” posted @pkwoon.

Netizens on Facebook also responded to the video, many of whom condemned it as a cruel act after the BBC posted the video.

“There is no other species [more] cruel than human kind,” commented @Ophelia Shura Nicholas.

“I love to eat crayfish, but this honestly is cruel. To film a living thing trying to escape a boiling soup and then remove a limb to survive,” said @Um Musti.

Brought in to China in the 1930s, crayfish have become a famous dish in Chinese cuisine, especially in summer.

According to a report by the National Fisheries Technology Extension Center, China produced 899,100 tons of crayfish in 2016, making it the largest crayfish breeder in the world. Some 879,300 tons of crayfish were consumed the same year.


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Post time 2018-6-7 20:59:31 |Display all floors
well, even though I'm not against eating these, I do hope there will be more humane ways to treat the live animals before they are cooked, and I believe as the country is becoming more advanced and more young people are receiving better education the cruelty to animals would be renounced by most people in the future.

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Post time 2018-6-8 07:30:23 |Display all floors
"Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia reposted the video and called on people to stop injuring creatures"


PETA, what a bunch of pathetic people, bet they enjoy their pork, lamb and beef dishes every night, same for the people how complain about this issue, come-on people get a grip it's a crayfish.
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"Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia reposted the video and called on people to stop injuring c ...

And your post shows a terrible, not just a pathetic, lack of compassion. People who have no sympathy for live animals don't have any for live people.

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"Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia reposted the video and called on people to stop injuring c ...

'come-on people get a grip it's a crayfish.'

You are cruel!  Just because it is a crayfish does not mean it must be treated so inhumanely just to fill your tummy!

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'come-on people get a grip it's a crayfish.'

You are cruel!  Just because it is a crayfish does n ...

Same we can say about killing sheep, pigs etc. been treated so inhumanely to fill your tummy.
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This post was edited by pnp at 2018-6-8 12:10
1626548377 Post time: 2018-6-8 11:10
Same we can say about killing sheep, pigs etc. been treated so inhumanely to fill your tummy.

No, slaughter houses have humane way of killing sheep and pigs, certainly not like they do with the poor crayfish, boiled alive!

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