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Crustacean Compassion

Crustacean Compassion

As a nation of animal lovers, most of us wouldn’t dream of boiling an animal alive, ripping their limbs off without pain relief, or denying them basic freedom of movement.  

Yet this is exactly what happens on a daily basis to millions of crabs, lobsters and crayfish. These animals are now widely regarded by leading experts and professional bodies to be sentient creatures – capable of experiencing pain.  

Despite scientific consensus that decapod crustaceans feel pain, the UK Government are yet to provide any form of legal protection for these animals. 

There is wide support from eminent scientists, national veterinary ...

As a nation of animal lovers, most of us wouldn’t dream of boiling an animal alive, ripping their limbs off without pain relief, or denying them basic freedom of movement.  

Yet this is exactly what happens on a daily basis to millions of crabs, lobsters and crayfish. These animals are now widely regarded by leading experts and professional bodies to be sentient creatures – capable of experiencing pain.  

Despite scientific consensus that decapod crustaceans feel pain, the UK Government are yet to provide any form of legal protection for these animals. 

There is wide support from eminent scientists, national veterinary bodies and animal welfare organisations to include decapod crustaceans in the UK’s animal welfare laws. Over 42,000 people have signed the Crustacean Compassion petition calling for their protection so far.  

And there is hope on the horizon. The UK Government will soon be considering a new piece of legislation following Brexit – the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill. This legislation would serve to recognise the sentience of animals in UK law, carrying over a duty previously imposed by the EU to ensure the basis for animal protection. 

But decapod crustaceans are at risk of being excluded from this new legislation. 

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have opened an investigation into whether decapod crustaceans are capable of feeling pain. But there is a chance these animals may be excluded from legislation that would serve to recognise their sentience.

We think this is unacceptable.

We need your support so the government knows that people care about this issue. Please do not let these animals be ‘forgotten’ after Brexit. 

Ask your MP to speak out for decapod crustaceans and ensure they are not forgotten post-Brexit. 

To find out more about Crustacean Compassion’s work to protect decapod crustaceans, visit www.crustaceancompassion.org.uk

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Protect Brexit's Forgotten Animals

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has recently taken several steps to consider both the scientific basis and public interest for protecting decapod crustaceans. But they could ignore the very first opportunity to recognise sentience in these animals. We need you to urgently tell your MP that you support protection of decapod crustaceans.

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