Lobsters and crabs are glorfied underwater cockroaches, for crying out loud.
While any merchant might have concern over the quality of their merchandise and not want it disturbed from an economic standpoint, does it really matter if these creatures are unsettled by children tapping on the glass?
Usually, it is not so much the care for animals as it is a dislike of children that motivates those running these fancy beatnik eateries where the customers have more money than commonsense.
Ironically, these same fruitcakes all in an ethical tizzy over the propriety of selling live shell fish are usually the same ones revelling in the glories of abortion in all its horrid forms.
By Frederick Meekins