Ministers could ban lobsters from being boiled alive

Ministers could ban lobsters from being boiled alive
Ministers could ban lobsters from being boiled alive
Ministers could ban lobsters from being boiled alive as part of Carrie Johnson-backed 'animal sentience' drive Ministers planning to extend new animal sentience laws to include crustaceans The new legislation will mean that boiling lobsters alive is going to be banned Government's sentience laws were originally only going to apply to vertebrates  

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Ministers are planning to ban boiling lobsters alive as they look to extend new animal sentience laws to include crustaceans.

The Government's new Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill, which is currently making its way through Parliament and will recognise animals as sentient beings, currently only covers vertebrates.

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But the legislation will reportedly be extended to also cover invertebrates, formally recognising that lobsters, crabs and octopuses feel pain.  

The planned change comes after animal welfare campaigners, including an organisation backed by Carrie Johnson, Boris Johnson's wife, called for the laws to be broadened. 

Boiling lobsters alive is already illegal in some countries like Switzerland, Norway and New Zealand

Boiling lobsters alive is already illegal in some countries like Switzerland, Norway and New Zealand

Boiling lobsters alive is already illegal in some countries like Switzerland, Norway and New Zealand. 

Ministers are now looking at backing an amendment being brought

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