Lobster was once so prolific in Cape Cod that the colonists actually used them primarily as fertilizer for their crops or as bait for their fish hooks. As sustenance, lobster was little more than “poverty food,” fit only for feeding indentured servants, slaves, children or cows. In Massachusetts, the servants finally rebelled and won an amendment to their contracts. They would no longer be “forced” to eat lobster more than three times a week. And if you are worried about boiling lobsters alive, a lobster has a brain the size of a grasshopper’s, so it is surmised that they do not feel pain as we “humans” do.