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Crustacean Compassion

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Campaigning for the humane treatment of crabs, lobsters and other decapod crustaceans in the UK

Despite overwhelming evidence that animals like crabs, lobsters, prawns & crayfish (decapod crustaceans) are capable of experiencing pain, every year millions of these animals are boiled alive, cut up alive, mailed live in the post... the list goes on. Find out who we are and why we’re working to get these sentient animals protected.

Every day in the UK animals like crabs, lobsters, prawns and crayfish (decapod crustaceans) are sold alive to the untrained public to be killed and cooked at home. This causes extreme pain and suffering to these fragile, sentient animals. In shops, markets and fishmongers around the UK they are closely packed together, with their claws tightly banded, out of water or often on ice which can cause suffocation, injury and even death. Live crabs have even been found for sale packaged and bound tightly in shrink-wrapped plastic.  

Decapod crustaceans are recognised in law as sentient in the UK, since the passage of the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022, yet they have little to no protection. 

#DemandMoreForDecapods and sign our petition to end this inhumane treatment. 


Latest News


Urging supermarkets to commit to a permanent ban on the live sale of lobsters and crabs as part of minimal welfare commitments in the wake of its recent Snapshot report


Find out more about Crustacean Compassion's work, campaigns, and our partners.

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