Are you boiling your lobster alive? These celebrities are asking you not to

Are you boiling your lobster alive? These celebrities are asking you not to

Comedian Bill Bailey and wildlife presenter Chris Packham are among those who have signed an open letter that is to be given to UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

There's an ongoing debate if killing a lobster or a crab by boiling them alive is the most humane way to go about it.

Diners are mostly cool about fish slowly suffocating to death or being slaughtered in an instance, but there is considerable more stress associated with dropping the crustaceans into a pot of boiling water.

Boiling the cruatacean alive has always been the humane way to kill them (Pinterest)

Calling for the protection of these crustaceans, more than 50 high-profile celebrities and campaigners have asked people not to resort to boiling the animals alive.

Over 50 high-profile celebrities and campaigners have come forward and asked for a ban on this way of killing the animals (Wikipedia)

Comedian Bill Bailey and wildlife presenter Chris Packham are among those who have signed an open letter that is to be given to UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

Wildlife presenter Chris Packham and comedian Bill Bailey are among the celebrities who have signed the letter (Wikipedia)

Apparently, there is scientific evidence to back up the claim that crustaceans can feel pain, and the petitioners have asked that these animals be classified as sentient creatures in a new Animal Welfare Bill. Under the bill, the government plans introducing new penalties for animal cruelty, and covering other animal welfare issues.

Evidence suggests that crustaceans can feel pain (Wikipedia)

Decapods, the class of crustaceans that includes lobsters and crabs, are normally seen "crammed together in brightly lit tanks" in seafood restaurants, the letter states.

Seafood restaurants store the lobsters in brightly-lit tanks (Wikipedia)

The letter further says: "There is no economic or culinary reason why decapods cannot be humanely dispatched, yet killing is sometimes preceded by breaking off the legs, head or tail, and is often accomplished by boiling alive."

The letter states that there is no reason why decapods cannot be humanely dispatched (Wikipedia)

In January 2018, Switzerland banned the practice of boiling crabs and lobsters alive, stating that they need to be stunned before being dropped into boiling water.

Wildlife presenter Chris Packham (Getty Images)

Experts have suggested that crabs that are being boiled alive for consumption can still remain conscious for more than 2 minutes after being in the water.

Comedian Bill Bailey was one of the celebrities to sign the letter (Getty Images)

There is further evidence to prove that crustaceans that are exposed to pain inducing substances or  incur any sort of mild injury can be seen rubbing the affected parts of their bodies, which apparently suggests that they are in pain.

The letter is going to Environment Secretary Michael Gove (Getty Images)

BBC article that published on January 11 quoted Professor Robert Elwood from Queen's University Belfast as saying that multiple experiments have shown the "rapid avoidance learning, and [crustaceans] giving up highly valuable resources to avoid certain noxious stimuli", which is consistent with the idea of pain. 

Crustaceans rub the area where they were hurt (Wikipedia)

Another part of the letter states: "There is growing global unease about the extreme treatments these animals are routinely subjected to in the food industry, such as shrink-wrapping whilst still alive, breaking off the head or tail whilst still alive, or delivering them live to consumers for storing and cooking."

People are starting to get concerned with how crustaceans are treated before they end up on our plates (Wikipedia)

Crustacean Compassion, an animal welfare organization, has circulated the letter to get as many signatures as possible. Michaela Strachan (wildlife presenter), Dr. Julia Wrathall (chief scientific officer for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and Professor Anil Seth (neuroscientist) have all signed the letter.

Activists are calling for crustaceans to be classified as sentient beings (Wikipedia)

Wild animals are recognized as sentient beings in the draft version of the Animal Welfare Bill, the extent to which it will be applied is still up for consideration.

23,000 people have signed the online petition so far (Wikipedia)

A spokesperson for Defra said: "We are committed to the very highest standards of animal welfare. As the Prime Minister has set out, we will make the United Kingdom a world leader in the care and protection of animals as we leave the EU."

"We are currently consulting on the draft Bill and will consider responses when bringing the Bill forwards."  

More than 23,000 people so far have signed an online petition to support the change in the law.

  

 

 

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