Stop Cruelly Boiling Animals Alive

Target: Kevin Shea, Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Goal: Make boiling lobsters and other crustaceans alive a national felony. 

Recent studies have confirmed what was already known to many— lobsters, crabs, crayfish, and other crustaceans are sentient and can feel pain in the same ways that can mammals and other animals. Still, in the U.S. and many other places throughout the world, crustaceans don’t receive the same levels of protection by current animal welfare legislation. These sentient creatures are forced to endure cruel methods of slaughter and are oftentimes boiled alive, without receiving any prior stunning to minimize their suffering.

Accounts by those who have boiled lobsters alive note that the creatures writhe and wriggle, trying desperately to escape the scalding water. In one instance that was videoed and published online, a crayfish even sliced off its own claw to avoid being boiled alive. These animals can suffer in these conditions upwards of three whole minutes, before eventually succumbing to an untimely death. If we must eat crustaceans in the first place, we at least owe them the respect of a painless death free of the immense suffering they are currently subjected to.

We must enforce the same regulations that are in place for other animals used in agricultural practices and do better to protect the feelings of these sentient beings. Sign this petition to urge the U.S. to follow after the actions of the UK and Switzerland and to outlaw this inhumane practice for good.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Administrator Shea,

It has been recently confirmed by a series of reports in the UK that lobsters and other crustaceans– such as crabs, shrimp, and crawfish– are, in fact, capable of feeling pain in the same ways that humans and other animals do. Crustaceans have relatively sophisticated nervous systems and retain memory of harmful stimuli they have experienced in the past. These creatures are able to learn about features of their environments, and avoid ones that are harmful to them. 

While many other animals, like cows and pigs, receive protection under current U.S. animal welfare legislation, these laws do not extend to our crustacean counterparts. There are no official laws in place that require these animals to be stunted or chilled to minimize their sensibility to pain before they are dumped into pots of scalding water. To keep allowing this barbaric slaughter of sentient creatures is outright inhumane. 

We are asking you to please advocate for these crustaceans and to enforce the same standards that are in place for other animals. While allegedly outlawed in the U.S., the boiling of live lobsters is still a common practice, and regulations must be properly enforced. Many other countries, such as Switzerland, Norway, and New Zealand, have already made the step towards improving the welfare standards of our world’s sea-faring animals, and it is now our turn. Stop subjecting these sentient animals to unnecessary torture.

Sincerely,

[Your Name here]

Photo Credit: rawpixel 


45 Comments

  1. Michelle Stewart says:

    It all must be stopped and banned all over the world

  2. Completely unnecessary, despicably cruel. Be the change for a kinder planet.

  3. STOP BOILING ANIMALS ALIVE IMMEDIATELY!!! ANIMAL CRUELTY!!!!

  4. Julia Edinger says:

    COME ON!!! Stop making living animals and ocean life suffering from this horrible pain!!! Such cruel/evil treatment !!!

  5. Agree all comments, Who every does this throw them in hot water see haw its feels no one in this world gives a fuck about animals. This world needs to change and any one does this should have the same back to them and see how they suffer. Also animal cruelty should be banned from owning selling buying animals and laws need to change too as well must have to have property check history check and be on a register and a council check on welfare yearly. Animals also need to be microchip, desexed, before allow to be taken from seller. Too many animals being abuse and sick of these cunts getting away with it. These cunts should not be alive.

  6. I SIGN MANY PETITIONS AND HAVE SEEN THE WORST CRUELTY ON ANIMALS. BUT FOR ME THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST. HOW CAN ANYONE PUT SOMETHING ALIVE IN BOILING WATER?! EVIL SICK BASTARDS. BURN IN FUCKING HELL. BUT FIRST HURRY UP N DIE.

  7. We must stop this

  8. Shirley Lemieux says:

    I do agree that shell fish such as Lobsters have long been overlooked by authoritative Government workers. I also agree that this method of boiling them alive is extremely cruel. It is evident that these shell fish feel the pain in this horrible death of being boiled alive. I would like to see it mandated that these shellfish such as Lobsters be killed first prior to being placed in boiling water.

  9. Animals shall NOT be VICTIMS of human sadistic and psychopathic laws. These laws are established by mentally-deranged humans and must be CHANGED NOW!
    NON-vegans start thinking where your food comes from and how it’s made!
    NON-vegans, you support and FUND this horror! START LIVING INTELLIGENTLY, with love and compassion!

  10. This is so cruel. Why do we still permit it to go on?

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