(CNN) — Lobsters are a delicious delicacy loved by coastal dwellers across the world — but is boiling them alive inhumane?
In a new law, the Swiss government has banned the common culinary practice of throwing the crustaceans into boiling water while they are still conscious.
The move is a response to studies that suggest lobsters are sentient with advanced nervous systems that may feel pain.
From March 2018, lobsters being prepared in Switzerland will need to be knocked out before they’re put to death, or killed instantly. They’ll also get other protections while in transit.
“Live crustaceans, including the lobster, may no longer be transported on ice or in ice water. Aquatic species must always be kept in their natural environment,” says the new law, according to Swiss Info. “Crustaceans must now be stunned before they are killed,”
The new edict comes in the wake of a recent …
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