“We pride ourselves on having some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world and are fully committed to strengthening them further to ensure that all animals avoid unnecessary pain, distress or suffering. “
Boiling live lobsters could soon be banned under new animal welfare laws proposed by the UK government.
It is part of the strengthening of crustacean and molluscan welfare rights in the Animal Welfare Bill (Sentience), which currently only covers vertebrates – animals that have a backbone. .
The move follows pressure from animal rights groups, which led the government to commission an independent study last year into the available scientific evidence on sensitivity – the ability to feel pain – in crabs and lobsters. The results of the review have not yet been made public.
The Animal Welfare (Sentience Bill) is currently making its way into the House of Lords. Changes to the legislation will seek to recognize that invertebrates such as lobsters, crabs and squid can also experience pain.
This would apparently give these animals new legal protections, such as requiring restaurants and fishmongers to stun or cool animals before boiling them as a more humane method of cooking. In addition, it will also be illegal to wrap in plastic wrap or send live lobsters by post.
“The highest animal welfare standards in the world”
“We pride ourselves on having some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world and are fully committed to strengthening them further to ensure that all animals avoid unnecessary pain, distress or suffering,” a door said. word of Defra.
Animal welfare charities applauded the government’s decision to support the new legislation.
One of them is Crustacean Compassion, whose supporters include Chris Packham, comedian Bill Bailey and the British Veterinary Association. The association has been campaigning for several years for increased protection of lobsters and other shellfish species.
Maisie Tomlinson is the co-director of Crustacean Compassion. She said time: “It’s wonderful to hear that the government is considering supporting the inclusion of decapods and cephalopods in the sensitivity bill.
“There is more than enough evidence of the ability of these sensitive and captivating creatures to feel pain and suffering. They are being treated appallingly in the food industry.
The practice of boiling live lobsters is already banned in several countries including Austria, New Zealand and Switzerland.
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