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Switzerland bans boiling live lobsters in animal welfare reform
January 12 at 11:43 AM

The government also outlawed the practice of transporting lobsters on ice or in icy water. Animal welfare activists have argued that crustaceans feel pain when they are boiled alive.

Switzerland on Wednesday banned restaurants from throwing live lobsters into boiling water as part of a broader reform of the country's animal welfare regulations.

Lobsters and other crustaceans "will now have to be stunned before they are put to death," the government said in a ruling that will enter into force on March 1.

Swiss public broadcaster RTS said the rule would only permit electric shocks or the "mechanical destruction" of the lobster's brain as stunning methods.

The government also outlawed the practice of transporting crustaceans on ice or in ice water, ruling they should be kept in their natural environment instead.

The announcement is set to anger the country's gastronomy sector while pleasing animal rights groups that have argued lobsters and similar species likely feel pain when cooked alive.

The move is part of a broader set of rule changes to strengthen animal protection in the Alpine country. 

The government also banned automatic anti-barking collars for dogs and introduced new regulations to tackle illegal puppy farms and ensure organizers take responsibility for animals at their public events.

The Swiss government's order follows a ruling by Italy's supreme court in June that outlawed restaurants from storing lobsters on ice, arguing the practice caused the animals unjustifiable suffering.

http://m.dw.com/en/switzerland-bans-boiling-live-lobsters-in-animal-welfare-reform/a-42104175

Should we have a similiar ban in America?  What say you CM?

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  • rockymtngirl
    January 12 at 11:45 AM
    I'm 100% on board with them.
  • SkippyDo
    January 12 at 11:45 AM

  • cynnie22
    January 12 at 11:48 AM

    I take it you are not on board with a ban in boiling live lobsters?

    Quoting SkippyDo:



  • cynnie22
    January 12 at 11:49 AM

    The idea of boiling them alive has always freaked me out.  

    Quoting rockymtngirl: I'm 100% on board with them.


  • rockymtngirl
    January 12 at 11:51 AM
    Same here. They are living creatures. They suffer.

    Quoting cynnie22:

    The idea of boiling them alive has always freaked me out.  

    Quoting rockymtngirl: I'm 100% on board with them.

  • SkippyDo
    January 12 at 12:00 PM

    I have no idea really.  I just like to eat them. :)

    Quoting cynnie22:

    I take it you are not on board with a ban in boiling live lobsters?

    Quoting SkippyDo:




  • Luvnlogic
    January 12 at 12:31 PM
    Fine by me...always thought it was an awful way to kill them.
  • Mrs.Pedro
    January 12 at 12:32 PM
    If Gordon Ramsay can properly cook a divine ass lobster without boiling it alive, so can they 👌🏻
  • SpiritedWitch
    January 12 at 12:40 PM

    I have to admit, I have always thought it was cruel to drop live lobsters in boiling water. 

  • goatmom4
    January 12 at 12:44 PM
    I don't eat them but u can just put knife in their head

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