Cruel Delicacy: Live Sushi

This made me jump the first time I saw it: sushi that's so fresh it's still alive!

This type of food is called Ikezukuri, or the preparation of sashimi (raw seafood) from a living animal. Wikipedia explains:

Ikizukuri usually begins with the customer selecting, from a tank in the restaurant, the animal (shrimp, octopus, lobster, assorted fish) they wish to eat. The chef, almost always a sashimi chef who has undergone years of training and apprenticeship, takes the animal out of the tank and filets and guts it, but without killing the animal, which is served on a plate, sliced, with the heart still beating.

Needless to say, this food preparation method is controversial. Many people consider ikezukuri as inhumane and needlessly cruel, whereas aficionados claim that the flavor, quality, and freshness justified the procedure.

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omg!!!! these japanese and chinese's eating habits are soooooo cruel!!!!!!!!!!they dont get pleasure in eating, its only a kind of sadistic pleasure they get psychologically. these chinks are just disgusting.and whoever this stupid mathieu is.... giving a stupid reason like things eat things??? well cannibals too eat human rite?? so human are also food does that justify eating humans too??these fucking chinks
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Even if eating a farm-raised animal is just as cruel as this, people should not eat live things purely for psychological reasons.

That kid is going to bury someone in a desert someday and be comforted by the memory of that breathing fish head.
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I think I'd try it... if I could.

I'm not so sure I'd be able to stomach it, but I sure as hell would try.

As for the ethical issues being debated -- my opinion is that it's really just part of the cycle of life. We eat food. Those fish ate living things before they were... ehm... "killed" and fed to us. I will agree that it is slightly barbaric, but not everyone will rip the throat out of a chicken just because they're dying of hunger -- some just like the rush of the kill.

And that, I think is why we do this. Because there is nothing like going back to the way things once were and eating as though not everything has to be perfect to all standards.

I'm sort of beside the point, but, I guess my point is that it's just a different way of eating.
Some people look down on others for killing an animal with their bare hands.
Some people just like the taste of blood.

(for the record, I AM a vegetarian)
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