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Have your say on EU animal welfare legislation

European Commission’s Public Consultation

The European Union is currently reviewing all animal welfare legislation. As part of this review, they have opened up a survey to the public to receive thoughts on current legislation, and what improvements could be made.

This consultation is open to everyone, not just EU citizens.

Why is this so important?

This is a rare opportunity to give your opinion on animal welfare legislation directly to the decision makers. Each survey will be taken into consideration, so your voice will be heard.

We must make the most of this chance to encourage large scale improvements to animal welfare standards and ensure that decapods are included in this important work. Every animal welfare supporter should complete this form, as together we can have a crucial impact.

How to complete it?

The survey is multiple choice, so simply go through and select the answer you feel most appropriate for each question.

The final question, number 14, asks if there’s anything you’d like to add. This is where it’s really important to mention decapods! Find below some suggestions of what to include in your answer 14:

  • In 2021 an independent, peer-reviewed, government-commissioned report published by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) officially confirmed the sentience of decapods.

  • The central recommendation of the 2021 LSE report is to include decapod crustaceans in all future animal welfare legislation

  • Following the publication of the 2021 LSE report, the UK government amended the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill to include decapod crustaceans

  • The EU should officially recognise decapod crustacean sentience

  • EU legislation on the welfare of farmed animals should be expanded to protect decapod crustaceans such as crabs, lobsters and prawns.

  • Transport and slaughter regulations, as well as the General Farming Directive should include decapod crustaceans

  • Decapod Crustaceans must be included in EU legislation to ensure it aligns with EU trade policy and the legislation of other countries where these animals are already protected

The deadline is tomorrow, Friday 21st January, so make sure to complete it now:


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