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The UK Recognizes Octopus, Crab, and Lobster as Sentient Beings

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The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) report shows that animals such as octopuses, crabs, and lobsters have the ability to feel pain; these animals will be more protected under UK law.


Studies have shown that crabs can feel pain, recommended not to cook them alive. (Photo via Pixabay.com)

London, UK (Merxwire) – Fish, octopus, crab, and lobster are all popular ingredients. In order to keep it fresh, people are accustomed to cooking seafood alive, and many people even go fishing for the freshest taste. But now, we have more reasons not to go fishing and cook seafood live because research shows that these animals have the ability to feel pain; human behavior will make them feel painful.

According to the LSE report, science has proven that animals such as octopuses, crabs, and lobsters can feel pain, and it is recommended not to cook them alive. Experts use eight different methods to measure the perception of these organisms, including learning ability, pain receptors, the connection between pain perception and specific brain regions, and their response to anesthetics or painkillers, etc., found that they are sentient!

The British government has included these animals on the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill protection list, and Cephalopoda and Decapoda are regarded as sentient beings. It is mainly to ensure that animal welfare is fully considered when making future decisions. It will not affect the current industry practices in the fishery and catering industry, nor will it directly impact shellfish fishing or kitchen work.

Researchers suggest that humans should change the way they fish and kill fish. (Photo via Pixabay.com)

Animal Welfare Minister Lord Zac Goldsmith said: “The Animal Welfare Sentience Bill provides a crucial assurance that animal wellbeing is rightly considered when developing new laws. The science is now clear that crustaceans and molluscs can feel pain and therefore it is only right they are covered by this vital piece of legislation.”

In 2019, the University of Liverpool found that fish have pain sensations similar to humans and mammals. The study found that when encountering other animals feel pain, they will make some reactions, and fish will also make similar avoidance or pain relief behaviors when they are in pain. When the experimenter gave the fish analgesics, the fish’s avoidance behavior would disappear, which suggests that the fish would feel pain as well. These experiments overturned the previous claim that “fish will not feel pain.”

Animals are smart! Take octopus as an example. There are more than 500 million nerve cells and a powerful memory system in the octopus’s body. If you put the octopus in a jar with a screwed lid, it will realize the problem and open the lid by itself. Although we can’t understand the feelings of animals, it is undeniable that there will be fierce resistance when they are cooked alive. People should think about the cruelty brought about by this cooking method.

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