A 70-year old, 11-pound lobster named “Peter” was spared from certain death this weekend at Oceana, when protestors staged a coup and “bombarded the restaurant” with calls offering $275 to save the crustacean. Does this not give anyone else hope eternal? If there are people out there who are so avidly consumed with arthropod rights that they will lay their wallets down (unshellfishly?) to save an invertebrate who has lived a shockingly long life from going down the hard way, aren’t we all, in some way, protected by the universe?
Of course, this benignant universe also includes “Greenwich lawyer Beth McAuley, 33”, who had this to offer the the Daily News about lobster clemency:
"It doesn’t bother me. What does it matter if it’s 1, 3 or 70 years old? If you’re going to eat it, you’re going to eat it."
Maybe this is why health care reform is proving difficult.