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Dial H For Hero

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Thu Jul 8, 2021, 10:01 AM Jul 2021

UK weighs ban on boiling live lobsters [View all]


The United Kingdom is weighing a ban on boiling live lobsters, crabs and other crustaceans amid a push from animal welfare activists to include the invertebrates in legislation that would recognize them as sentient beings.

Legislation currently being weighed in the House of Lords would not only seriously boost animal welfare protections but also require the government to consider animals' feelings when writing regulations.

Though the legislation currently only includes vertebrates, lawmakers are weighing expanding it to include invertebrates such as lobsters, as well as octopuses and mussels, according to The Times.

The legislation comes as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said it has commissioned a study to examine the creature’s sentience.


Describing a lobster (let alone a mussel) as sentient and having feelings seems a bit of a stretch.
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UK weighs ban on boiling live lobsters [View all] Dial H For Hero Jul 2021 OP
Why do they try desperately to escape the pot then? Treefrog Jul 2021 #1
+1 2naSalit Jul 2021 #2
Presumably because lobsters which try to get away from something which damages them are more likely Dial H For Hero Jul 2021 #4
Reflexes don't require the ability to feel pain, or even a brain. nt. Mariana Jul 2021 #10
I should think it's chauvinistic to discriminate for or against vertebrates. CoopersDad Jul 2021 #3
I love that movie and I approve the proposed changes in GB to include invertebrates for protection. MoonRiver Jul 2021 #13
From Google index Submariner Jul 2021 #5
Ah yes, Mary Tyler Moore comes to mind. Croney Jul 2021 #6
I have no conclusive evidence that other human beings feel pain as I do sanatanadharma Jul 2021 #7
All life is sentient? Clams? Fleas? Bacteria? Radishes? Surely you draw the line somewhere. Dial H For Hero Jul 2021 #14
I do draw lines and color outside of the margins sanatanadharma Jul 2021 #16
Certainly there is a line somewhere but, Disaffected Jul 2021 #17
Until very recently - Ms. Toad Jul 2021 #15
Yes, another good example of Disaffected Jul 2021 #18
Many crustaceans have sarisataka Jul 2021 #8
I'm with you on octopuses wryter2000 Jul 2021 #21
I love lobsters... NurseJackie Jul 2021 #9
They are probably better when steamed anyway... Klaralven Jul 2021 #19
If lobsters looked like puppies, we wouldn't allow it Clash City Rocker Jul 2021 #11
How does one stun mussels or clams? dhol82 Jul 2021 #12
How would they like for them to be killed? wryter2000 Jul 2021 #20
So what now? Lethal injection? 48656c6c6f20 Jul 2021 #22
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