Stop Boiling Lobsters and Crabs Alive

Target: Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom

Goal: Ban the inhumane culinary practice of boiling lobsters and crabs alive by acknowledging these creatures as sentient beings.

Lobsters, crabs and other crustaceans are capable of experiencing pain, yet they are routinely and unnecessarily boiled to death as part of their preparation as food. However, this could change forever if crustaceans are added as sentient organisms to Britain’s new Animal Welfare Bill, as animal rights advocates are currently proposing.

Crustaceans such as crabs, lobsters and crayfish are all popular forms of seafood. Yet many people are unaware of the horrific treatment they frequently endure as the result of their preparation. Cooks often boil the creatures alive because the meat spoils quickly, yet there are other means of preservation that do not involve subjecting these animals to such a barbaric death.

While it is best to promote entirely cruelty-free, plant-based alternatives to seafood consumption, we should demand that if lobsters and crabs are to be consumed, they must not be killed in such an inhumane manner. Sign this petition to urge the British government to acknowledge the fact that these beings experience pain and to protect them from this cruel treatment.


Dear Minister Gove,

Scientific evidence has shown that crustaceans, including crabs and lobsters, are capable of experiencing pain and distress. As a result, they are classified under the European Food and Safety Authority as so-called ‘Class One animals’ that require special humane treatment and considerations as part of food preparation. The fact that your proposed Animal Welfare Bill does not include crustaceans as sentient organisms is a major oversight, and it must be addressed to prevent cruelty to these creatures.

Lobsters, crabs and other crustaceans are frequently subjected to cruel and painful deaths by being boiled alive. This inhumane killing method must be brought to an end. That is why we, the undersigned, demand that you include these creatures in the Animal Welfare Bill and call for a ban on this unethical practice.


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  1. my son worked for red lobster and quite because he couldn’t stand to hear them scream this is cruelty and should be stopped


    • Agree with you, all animal life should be respected. Wish everyone would be vegetarian. These lobsters were not put on the earth to be abused , I would like to put one of the diners in boiling water, while people watched. JUSTICE FOR ALL ANIMALS, please God

  3. GEN AGUSTSSON says:

    STOP IT!

  4. This has worried me for years although I seem to get by without consuming flesh, but now it seems that they do feel pain. Just like you do. So are you still going to throw them into boiling water without trying it on yourself first?

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