Animal welfare, Veganism

Switzerland bans crustacean cruelty

I was very pleased to read that the Swiss government has banned the practice of boiling alive lobsters without first stunning them. Further, live crustaceans, including the lobster, may no longer be transported on ice or in ice water. Aquatic species must always be kept in their natural environment. Crustaceans must now be stunned before they are killed.  Needless to say, the food industry in Switzerland is not happy about this.

Living in Nova Scotia, where lobster fishing is a large industry, it’s impossible to avoid seeing the cruel treatment of lobsters. You can’t go into any supermarket without seeing a tank filled with lobsters who can barely move. The lobsters are sold alive and, in most cases, will be boiled alive by consumers. I cannot fathom how any normal person can immerse a living creature into a pot of boiling water. It’s also horrible to see freshly-boiled lobsters being served in restaurants, knowing what these poor creatures must have endured. Knowing how far behind animal welfare laws lag in Canada, I very much doubt we will see similar legislation any time soon.

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