The sad face of a prawn.

imagesMBKFZ0Q3Prawn farms

Everybody knows that tropical fresh water fish are easy to keep and will even reproduce in an aquarium. As a child I was deeply traumatised when our female swordfish kept pushing out little baby swordfish only to watch in horror how those defenceless babies were quickly eaten by the large and naughty black fish. ( I have forgotten its name) Tropical salt water fish are much more difficult to keep and do need much more water to swim in. I never heard of successful breeding of those fish in aquariums. However, if babies get eaten in most cases in aquariums I was glad my salt water fish never reproduced. There is enough murder and mayhem in the world as it is.

Of course large scale fish farming is now practised all over the world. The Tasmanian salmon are bred in very large floating tanks in mid ocean. But, with every step forward there are two going back. Nothing is ever easy. Sharks and dolphins soon managed to leap into those tanks and made a meal out of it. Boy, did they find Nirvana. So happy, they were so happy. The salmon company nearly went broke and almost gave up. They experimented with different coverings and all tanks are now covered by strong steel mesh. For a while the sharks and dolphins kept on leaping but nothing is more off-putting for passing sharks and roving salmon lovers than to look up and see de-hydrated cadavers of their own perished on top of the mesh wire coverings. A bitter lesson learnt just as quickly. They too have known sadness.

I watched a program whereby prawns were farmed in Asia and given dreadful food dredged from the bottom of the ocean and made into dry pellets fed to the farmed prawns. The prawns were force-fed to eat those pellets despite their loud shrieking protests at night, keeping the neighbours awake at all hours. It put us totally off prawns watching a Vietnamese prawn farmer chucking bucket-loads of the dreaded pellets to the waiting hungry prawns.

Whenever we buy anything fishy now we make sure they are Australian bred. In a blind tasting event almost all picked the Australian prawn over the Vietnamese one. This was most encouraging and pleased that at least on our own home-ground, prawns were bred with kindness and care. However, nothing is always perfect. We try and overcome and make the best of this life.
Prawns too know sadness.

The same with eggs. While most caged laid eggs are banned in many countries, Australia is lagging behind. Even so, the tide is turning and even big golden arched M’s MacDonald’s have now decided to go for barn laid eggs. However, here it comes; Barn laid eggs are also steeped in deceit and much cunning;

Chickens too, experience great sadness.

We bought a kilo of cooked Australian prawns from Aldi but they are too chewy, so…what next?

The sadness keeps coming!

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17 Responses to “The sad face of a prawn.”

  1. Carrie Rubin Says:

    I don’t eat fish, and I gave up red meat years ago. I guess poultry is the last to go. Maybe when my boys are gone in a few years I’ll switch to vegetarianism completely. Then again, I do like my chicken cacciatore…

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  2. gerard oosterman Says:

    Yes, I too would hesitate giving up the chicken cacciatore. We used to have own chickens but never ate them. The fox did not have any of those concerns. Foxes know no sadness.

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  3. bkpyett Says:

    The plight of farmed animals, chooks, prawns and salmon seem to reflect our society. There aren’t many soft hearted people like you out there Gerard! Keep up the good fight!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Chickens are a bit more relaxed since a Court case involving drones giving photographic evidence that ‘barn held’ chickens were just as tightly packed as caged chicken and were NOT free to socialise, perch and roam free to eat grass and see sunlight was won by the greens, and animal freedom party.

      The chicken company was fined and ordered to pay all costs including the parties that took the action.

      I had a Leghorn rooster once as a pet which used to sit next to me in the car. Its beady eyes watching the traffic and being very alert.

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  4. petspeopleandlife Says:

    All you need to do is not eat meat and you’ll be fine. I have not eaten anything furied or feathered in many years. Just watch some videos of how beef, pork, chicken, etc is raised and you’ll quickly give up meat. I eat farm raised salmon rarely but I never buy any fish that is from any Asian country. It is all filthy.

    Giving up meat is not as hard to do as one would think. I do not miss it at all. I just think about the birds and beasts and how they are killed and it turns my stomach. I don’t eat eggs either unless they are from pastured hens. It is seldom that I will eat an egg.


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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Yvonne. You give an admirable example of how I should be more aware of the plight of animals that I eat. I have a rather weak will and often succumb to the lure of garlic prawns and eye fillet steak. Helvi does reduce our meat intake and we often just have baked vegetables and salmon.
      There are plants that eat meat too.

      Helvi and I used to have a flower and plant shop in trendy Balmain called ‘Bloomsbury’. At one stage we sold Venus fly traps and other carnivorous insect devouring plants.

      I even was so devious in efforts to sell those plants that I had stuck a warning out on the shop window for customers not to tap the glass and wake up the fly and insect eating plants who had just been fed their dinner and enjoying a nap.


  5. Andrew Says:

    Too prawnographic for me, Gerard. Dreadful images. Maybe your government is force fed pellets. It would explain a lot.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, sadly so. A minister for women affairs is our PM Tony Abbott. Can you believe it? I am sure his childhood would have involved pellets of some sort, perhaps inserted in unexpected orifices.. It is all coming to a head now. The nation is rumbling and universities are seething. It won’t be long!


  6. rod Says:

    This is rather depressing. On the plus side . . . dammit, I can’t think of one!


  7. stuartbramhall Says:

    Someday human beings will learn to feel reference for all living things.

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  8. hilarycustancegreen Says:

    That’s rotten for prawns and worse for chickens. I had to go and read your ‘free range’ article. In the UK I only buy free range and won’t eat chicken if I am out, because it is sure to be battery hen.

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  9. Silver in the Barn Says:

    It’s all too dreadful to contemplate, really. I see the cows in the pasture behind my house blissfully eating their grass and happily thinking cow thoughts little knowing what lies ahead in the feed lots. BLECH, I need to eat more vegetables. Oh you’ll love this Gerard, there are huge Tyson chicken farms around here and one day a chicken escaped from one of the big trucks delivering them to their ultimate fate. It was running down the median of the highway and made the nightly news. Somebody adopted it. YAY!!

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  10. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist Says:

    I see us as being designed to eat both meat and vegetables. We don’t ask a lion to stop killing antelope but it doesn’t mean we want to watch while it does it. I think the big question is how we farm not that we should stop (which I know you aren’t advocating.) Try the Aldi prawns again if you are talking of their frozen tiger prawns. Put them in the fridge to thaw preferably on a rack which sits them above the water which comes out of them. Sprinkle a smattering of rock salt over them – this also takes up the fluid. Ours were delicious, firm but not tough.


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      One reason we don’t really like watching wild animal shows on Tv is, that sooner or later some big animal will stalk a smaller animal, jump on it and kill it. As a child I was horribly fascinated by the bad fox stalking a poor little rabbit and chase it across the snow. The poor rabbit leaving red droplets of blood in the snow after the fox had mauled it…I could not get enough of that story that our aunt used to read out to us
      I cried afterwards for the little rabbit.

      The prawns from Aldi were Australian but cooked already. They were tough and chewy. I did marinate them in lemon use but they remained the same.

      I take your advice on frosted prawns on board and will thaw them out on a rack. I love garlic prawns which we haven’t eaten for a long time. Perhaps soon!

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