Protect crabs and lobsters from pain under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (England and Wales)

Protect crabs and lobsters from pain under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (England and Wales)

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Crustacean Compassion started this petition to George Eustice MP and Lord Zac Goldsmith (Defra Secretary of State and Defra Minister of State)

Scientific evidence has now demonstrated that crabs, lobsters, prawns and crayfish are highly likely to experience pain and even emotional anxiety[1].

An EU panel has stated that many of the ways in which these animals are currently slaughtered are inhumane[2]. They are often simply torn apart or boiled alive. It is estimated that a brown crab boiled alive may remain conscious for up to three minutes[3], something which would be considered completely unacceptable in a vertebrate animal like a pig or chicken. Moreover, live crabs have been found for sale packaged and bound tightly in plastic to be slaughtered at home by the customer. Authorities were powerless to prosecute because crabs aren’t currently covered under animal welfare legislation.

Given the latest scientific evidence we believe this is unacceptable. We’re taking action. Please join us!

Our aim is to get the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (England and Wales) to include decapod crustaceans e.g. crabs, lobsters, prawns, crayfish and shrimp. This means that anyone farming them, storing them or slaughtering them must abide by basic animal welfare rules – providing enough food, decent water quality, protection from pain and suffering, and humane slaughter methods. Importantly, the Animal Welfare Act already allows for the inclusion of these animals should sufficient scientific evidence become available of their ability to experience pain or suffering.

Many countries have already done this - in New Zealand, Austria, Norway, Switzerland, some Australian states and territories, and in some European cities, decapod crustaceans are recognized as sentient creatures and afforded relevant legal animal welfare protection.

Tell George Eustice, Zac Goldsmith and DEFRA that the time has come to protect decapod crustaceans by including them in the Animal Welfare Act!

Find out more at www.crustaceancompassion.org.uk

Once you've signed the petition, don't forget to write to your MP using our pre-written letter template, it only takes a minute and every letter makes a big difference:
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[1] You can find further information on the scientific evidence on our website: https://www.crustaceancompassion.org.uk/do-crustaceans-feel-pain

[2] As well as more information about the welfare issues facing decapod crustaceans:
https://www.crustaceancompassion.org.uk/the-problem

[3] Humane Stunning and Slaughter:
https://www.crustaceancompassion.org.uk/slaughter  

 


 

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