British Vets Call For Ban on Boiling Lobsters Alive
The British Veterinary Association has joined calls from animal rights groups for a ban on boiling lobsters alive.
The British vets have demanded that the inhumane practice – which still takes place in many restaurants across the UK – be outlawed on the grounds of cruelty to animals.
Lobsters are sentient beings, and in an official report presented to the European Commission, a panel of scientific experts concluded beyond doubt that they can suffer and feel pain – just as humans and other animals can.
Boiling them alive has been described as “unnecessary torture” by a researcher in the journal Science, and lobsters who endure this cruel fate have been known to writhe wildly and scrape at the sides of the pot in a desperate attempt to escape from the scalding-hot water.
This call to stop boiling animals alive is a step in the right direction, but killing lobsters by any method in order to eat them is cruel and unnecessary. Rather than pulling these animals from their ocean homes, transporting them vast distances, and taking their lives, we could simply leave them alone and eat with compassion.
We would never subject dogs or cats – who feel pain just as lobsters do – to such cruel treatment. Why should it be any different for these often misunderstood marine animals?
What You Can Do
Lobsters don’t just endure a living hell in restaurants: right now, live lobsters are being sold on Amazon.co.uk. They’re cruelly packaged and delivered by post as if they were nothing more than a parcel of socks.
Please contact Amazon now and ask the company to remove lobsters and other live animals from its platform.