Pregnant Lobsters Don’t Drink and Drive
Did you know that it is illegal to transport a pregnant lobster? I learned that from this John Macarthur quote I read:
Bags of babies are found by trash compactors (as we all know); yet on the other side of this, a wounded American eagle was found recently in Maryland and rushed to emergency treatment. However, it died and a $5,000 reward was offered for the arrest of whoever injured it. It is illegal to ship a pregnant lobster: it’s a $1,000 fine. In the State of Massachusetts there is an anti-cruelty law that makes it illegal to award a goldfish as a prize. Why? This is what it says, “To protect the tendency to dull humanitarian feelings and to corrupt morals of those who abuse them.” The same people that want to save the goldfish are leading the parade, usually, to kill the babies. Sermon: Biblical View on Abortion by John Macarthur.
So I had to look it up to see if it was true.
Yep it is.
Here is a statute from the Government of Maine website:
“It is against the law to take, transport, sell or possess any lobster that is bearing eggs (carried under the tail).
Penalty for possessing an egg bearing lobster is $1,000 for each violation and, in addition a fine of $200 for each lobster involved up to and including the first 5, in excess of 5, a fine of $400 for each lobster, or, if the number of lobsters cannot be determined, a fine of not less than $2,500 or more than $10,000.” (Title 12, Section 6438-A, Subsection 2).
It is illegal because the babies in the eggs could die.
Be warned if you plan on lobster fishing.
Earlier this week a woman was exonerated – a fancy word for convictions being overturned and being declared innocent- for killing her 6 day old newborn.
She was drunk, pregnant, and driving. She crashed her car, and the baby was born and died 6 days later. She was originally convicted of manslaughter, however she appealed that her child was not a person at the time of the crash and won. She was also acquitted of killing the 2 people in the other vehicle, but that is not important in this lobster tale.
The baby was deemed not a person.
Too bad baby wasn’t deemed a lobster.
Then perhaps there would be some justice.
Oh hey, it gets crazier… did you know it is illegal to perform an abortion on a lobster?:
“It is illegal to remove the eggs from a berried female. The penalty for removing eggs from a female lobster is $1,000 for each violation and, in addition a fine of $300 for each lobster involved, or if the number cannot be determined, a fine of not less than $1,000 or more than $5,000. (Title 12, Section 6438-A, Subsection 2).”
Be warned. If you remove even one egg, it is a $1000 dollar fine. Because it is deemed a lobster right?
But feel free to go get an abortion…because the baby is not deemed a person yet. Feel free to drink and drive if you are pregnant, right? If your baby dies, its ok, it is not a person. Oh and don’t worry, pregnant Lobsters don’t drink and drive, it’s a good thing too, because it would be a terrible tragedy if all those lobster eggs died in an accident.
May God have mercy on us.