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Crustacean Compassion

Crustacean Compassion

In the UK, decapod crustacean, such as crabs, lobsters and prawns have little protection under animal welfare legislation. This means they are subjected to inhumane practices that would be considered unacceptable in other animals, for example, they are sent live in the post to consumers. 

Stop the live sale of lobsters

Online retailers, such as Amazon, sell live lobsters to consumers and when ordered, these vulnerable animals are posted or delivered alive. Not only could the journey harm the lobsters, but there could be delays with delivery leading to them being stuck in vans and left on doorsteps for unknown ...

In the UK, decapod crustacean, such as crabs, lobsters and prawns have little protection under animal welfare legislation. This means they are subjected to inhumane practices that would be considered unacceptable in other animals, for example, they are sent live in the post to consumers. 

Stop the live sale of lobsters

Online retailers, such as Amazon, sell live lobsters to consumers and when ordered, these vulnerable animals are posted or delivered alive. Not only could the journey harm the lobsters, but there could be delays with delivery leading to them being stuck in vans and left on doorsteps for unknown lengths of time. This practice is unacceptable and risks injury, stress, and slow suffocation for the animals, before their lives are ended in the bottom of a fridge or in a pan of boiling water.

In November 2021 a UK government commissioned report was published and found that there was strong evidence of sentience in decapods, and recommended that they should be protected in law. Specifically in relation to online sales of live animals, the authors stated:

“This practice inherently creates a risk of poor handling and inappropriate storage and slaughter methods. Ending this practice would be an effective intervention to improve the welfare of decapods.”

We have written to major UK retailers that sell live decapods asking them to stop. Now we need you to do the same. 

 

 

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Ask Amazon to stop selling live lobsters

TAKE URGENT ACTION 

The sale of live lobsters online increases around Valentine's Day. It's urgent that as many letters get sent as possible to stop the live sale of lobsters online. Send yours now!

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