Boiling Lobsters could be banned in the UK, Crustacean Compassion group says they ‘feel pain’

WLNE – Boiling lobsters alive will be banned under plans being drawn up in the UK, looking to strengthen welfare rights of crustaceans and mollusks, says The Times.

The Times reports the government is preparing to recognize that lobsters, crabs, squids, octopi, and other invertebrates feel pain as part of legislation that will acknowledge them as sentient beings.

As of now, the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill, making its way through the House of Lords, only covers animals that have a backbone, known as vertebrates.

The bill to be instated is looking to prevent the “inhuman” preparation of food.

Once passed, the bill will make it illegal to boil lobsters alive with stunning or freezing them first,

Maisie Tomlinson, co-director of Crustacean Compassion, said, “It is wonderful to hear that the government is planning to support the inclusion of decapods and cephalopods in the sentience bill. There is more than enough evidence for the ability of these sensitive, captivating creatures to feel pain and suffering. They undergo appalling treatment in the food industry.”

 

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