Crabs, octopuses and lobsters turned out to be intelligent creatures. They are now protected by law

An independent review of research has shown that decapods and cephalopods should

considered as intelligent beings.The review found compelling scientific evidence that these invertebrates are capable of experiencing feelings such as pain and suffering. Now this is confirmed at the legislative level by a new bill on the protection of animals, which is now being considered by the UK Parliament.

Sensitivity is defined as the abilitythe body to experience feelings, and it is more than just the ability to feel pain. It is about whether the animal can experience joy, excitement and sorrow.

As part of the introduction of the Welfare Billsapient animals, scientists have independently tested to see if some invertebrates are sapient. The researchers studied two main groups of invertebrates: decapods (such as crabs, lobsters, and crayfish) and cephalopods (including octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish). The most sensitive were octopuses, and the most unreasonable scientists recognized the nautiloids, a subgroup of cephalopods.

Having studied over 300 scientific studies, we have cometo the conclusion that cephalopods and decapods should be considered sapient and therefore included within the scope of the animal welfare law. The amendment will also help address a major inconsistency: octopuses and other cephalopods have been protected by science for many years, but so far have not received any protection outside of science.

Jonathan Birch, review author of the Center for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences, London School of Economics

In a statement from the UK governmentit says that the inclusion of certain animals in the welfare bill will not retroactively change current industry practice. But now they are protected by law from inhuman slaughter. Scientists offer several recommendations for making changes to current commercial practice. So, scientists recommend banning the following methods of slaughter: boiling alive, slowly raising the temperature of the water, separating the abdomen from the chest or separating the head from the chest, any other form of live dismemberment and immersion in fresh water (osmotic shock).

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