Pak-a-crab restaurants in carnival style are slammed shut because they unnecessarily play with the sea creatures before they arrive
- Diners can place a token in the slot of the machine and navigate the claw to grab crustaceans
- SPCA struck practice as harmful and contrary to its vision of a & # 39; friendly society & # 39;
- Restaurant management apologized for causing a public crime
Restaurants in Singapore with grab-a-crab fairground-like games are slammed because they play unnecessarily with the sea creatures before they are killed and served on the guests' plates.
The arcade machines have been spotted in two different restaurants in the island's city-state in the last two weeks: The House of Seafood restaurant in Punggol and Jurong restaurant from Sea Tripod Seafood Group.
A man is standing by the arcade machine ready to grab a crab
The large crabs can be seen as tied with rope while the large claw-like arm reaches down to grab the chosen specimen
In the House of Seafood restaurant, guests could opt for £ 1.8 for a Sri Lankan crab weighing between 17 and 28 oz.
They were invited to insert a token into the slot of the machine and to navigate the large claw-like arm to catch the selected specimen in a slot and drop it before it was cooked and served on a platter.
In the meantime, similar machines on live lobsters were used in the Sea Tripod Seafood Group restaurant in Jurong earlier this year.
It told it The Straits Times this week there was an end to the practice after the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) thought it was cruel to animals.
The machine remains visible, with live lobsters still housed inside, but the controls are taped.
The local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) first drew the attention of the public to the practice in the Punggol eatery on Facebook.
In a statement on Facebook, the SPCA said that playing with the marine animals in such a way & # 39; unnecessary damage & # 39; caused.
& # 39; It also encourages people to see animals as nothing more than objects to play with and goes against our vision of a friendlier society, & # 39; said the SPCA.
& # 39; Crabs are living things, not toys. & # 39;
After being gripped by the claw, the crabs are thrown into a slot and brought to the restaurant, cooked and served on the dinner plate
After several local media wrote articles that drew attention to public criticism, restaurant management apologized.
House of Seafood CEO Francis Ng told reporters in his restaurant in Punggol Point on Friday that it would put an end to the practice of catching live machines in all his stores.
& # 39; We fully support the direction of SPCA and are absolutely against animal abuse & # 39 ;, he said at the media briefing.
& # 39; Despite the measures to minimize the discomfort for the crab, we take note of the feedback from the public and we will stop catching the live animals in the machine completely in all outlets of House of Seafood worldwide & # 39 ;, he said.
The manager of the Jurong restaurant, who only wanted to be known as Mr. Li, told it The Straits Times it was not intended to offend people or break any laws.
& # 39; If we receive complaints from government officials, we will certainly take more action, but for now we are not playing, we are only showing it & # 39 ;, he said.
The SPCA has squeezed the practice as causing unnecessary damage to the creatures before they are killed and eaten
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