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Local campaigning

As the UK General election approaches, there are many husting events taking place across the country. A husting is a meeting where local candidates who are running for election can come together to address potential voters, and more importantly potential voters can ask questions. 

There may be a husting being held near you, have you thought about attending and asking your local candidates how they would stand up for decapod welfare should they be elected?  

Key points  

  • The ability of decapod crustaceans - animals such as crabs, lobsters and prawns - to feel pain and experience a range of emotions was legally recognised under the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022.  Despite this legal recognition, decapods remain with little or no legal protection. This is something I would like to see changed by the next parliament. 

  • Decapods are the only sentient animals not protected under ASPA and along with cephalopod molluscs like squid, octopus and cuttlefish are the only sentient animals not protected under the Animal Welfare Act.  

Questions to ask 

  • Do you agree that decapod crustaceans like crabs, prawns and lobsters should be treated in the same way as all other sentient animals? 

  • Crabs, prawns and lobsters are recognised as being sentient in UK law, but they have virtually no legal protections – will you commit to supporting protections for these animals if you are elected. 

Hustings are the perfect opportunity for you to let your local community know that animal welfare is important to you, and that all animals deserve protection – even the crabby kind!  Please attend your local hustings and make the voices of decapods heard. And if you do go, we’d love to hear from you – let us know how it went and if you have any photos or feedback you can share.



Many candidates will take to the streets, canvassing for local support from door-to-door. This is another great opportunity for you to ask them if they will pledge to support decapod protection.  

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