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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 55,000 people have signed the Crustacean Compassion petition calling for their protection so far.  

And there is hope on the horizon. The UK Government are reviewing 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 (Defra) commissioned an independent review of the scientific evidence of whether decapod crustaceans are capable of feeling pain. The findings of this report have not yet been released. If the report is found to be favourable to decapod and cephalopod sentience, the implications could make animal welfare history in the UK. However, if this report is not published in time for the passage of the Sentience Bill then there is a chance these animals may be excluded from it. The report’s release must not be delayed, and any positive results must be incorporated into animal welfare legislation. 

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’. 

Show your support by taking part in our Selfie Wall and asking your MP to speak out for decapod crustaceans and ensure they are not forgotten in the Sentience Bill. 

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

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Selfies for Sentience!

The government are deciding right now whether to include decapod crustaceans in the Sentience Bill. We went to Westminster to show our support. As you couldn't join us in person, show your support virtually on our selfie wall. We'll use this collage of faces to show Defra and the government all the people who want better protection for crustaceans.

Add your picture (head & shoulders works best) to our ...

The government are deciding right now whether to include decapod crustaceans in the Sentience Bill. We went to Westminster to show our support. As you couldn't join us in person, show your support virtually on our selfie wall. We'll use this collage of faces to show Defra and the government all the people who want better protection for crustaceans.

Add your picture (head & shoulders works best) to our Selfie Wall to show your support for the inclusion of decapod crustaceans in the Sentience Bill.

If you want to include a personalised message about why you believe that decapods, crabs & lobsters, need to be protected under animal welfare legislation, please do so in the box provided below. 

#SelfiesForSentience #PoseForThePods

 

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