(ed: it is beyond barbaric how crayfish are boiled alive – yes – they do feel the pain..)
A leading crustacean expert has said there is ‘no rationale’ behind UK laws that allow lobsters to be boiled alive.
Professor Emeritus Robert Elwood’s made the comments after Switzerland became the first country to ban the common cooking practice as part of new reforms to the country’s animal welfare laws.
The scientist – who has carried out extensive research on how decapod crustaceans experience pain – has welcomed a move he said was ‘sensible’ and suggested others countries followed suit.
He said: ‘Animals that show responses consistent with pain are typically given some protection – especially at slaughter.
‘However crustaceans do not receive that protection in the UK’ he said.
‘Even though the evidence is similar for different groups of animals they are treated very differently’.
‘I see no rationale for this different treatment in the UK and it is good to see the Swiss making sensible decisions based on evidence.
I suspect that other countries will follow the available evidence’.