Switzerland Considers the Feelings of the Lobster

By Gary Cutlack on at

People in Switzerland who fancy a bit of lobster for their tea will now have to find a better way of killing and cooking the things, as the government has passed a law that bans the throwing of the creatures into pans of boiling water while they're still alive.

This traditional way of cooking lobsters is out, with the government now saying people have to stun the creatures first or properly kill them by the method of a knife to the brain through the back of their heads -- or the part of their weird body that most resembles a head -- before they're cooked.

Given that lobster stunners are a rather expensive and niche product, that leaves local chefs the chore of having to find and stab out the brain before cooking, and surely there's then the chance that the lobster's only wounded with the first cut and it's going to end up suffering for longer than if it was just boiled?

And Switzerland isn't on the coast anyway, so you probably shouldn't eat lobsters there as they'll have been in a van for a day before getting there and the meat will be all tense from the journey.

In the UK, such decapods are not classed as "animals" and therefore aren't covered by the Animal Welfare Act, so may be killed in the vengeful manner of your choosing. [Guardian]

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