Crustacean Compassion return to No.10 Downing Street
The last time the Crustacean Compassion team were at No.10, Liz Truss was Prime Minister and there wasn’t a Christmas tree in sight. But on Thursday 08 December, we returned to deliver a letter to Rishi Sunak, once more calling on the new government to commit to delivering legal protection of crabs, lobsters, prawns, and nephrops (otherwise known as decapod crustaceans).
Earlier this year, decapods were included in the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act, marking a significant milestone for the welfare of animals who have traditionally received less attention and thus less protection from harms; harms that include being boiled alive, used in scientific research, and being sent alive in the post.
Despite being a huge step in the right direction, the Sentience Act itself does not impose any codes of practice and even includes a clause that current industry practises need not be affected. That’s why we returned to Downing Street earlier this month to ensure the welfare of decapods is considered in future policy decisions.