Everyone prefers to eat fresh food, and most people need some sort of assurance that their food isn’t rotten before they’ll eat it. (My personal threshhold is making sure it’s mostly mold- and maggot-free.)
A Taiwanese chef is “under fire” for going the extra mile to demonstrate he uses only the freshest ingredients. The chef served a delicacy known as “yin yang fish”: a deep-fried fish that’s served with its head still twitching.
Deep frying conscious animals…yeah, that’s no good. Definitely smacks of a lack of compassion. Restaurants and chefs should be zealous to demonstrate the quality of their food, but they don’t need to serve their food with an extra dash of torture. As long as they can honestly say they don’t purchase their seafood from a roadside vendor, they’re probably on the right track.