Decapod Crustaceans and Cephalopod Molluscs in EU Animal Welfare Legislation

Fish Welfare

Decapod Crustaceans and Cephalopod Molluscs in EU Animal Welfare Legislation

Policy Briefing

The sentience of decapod crustaceans and cephalopod molluscs and their ability to feel pain is well established and widely recognised. Wild capture and farming of these animals for food is going on without welfare standards. There is an urgent need to establish science based standards for the transport, slaughter and farming of decapod crustaceans, and for the prohibition of the farming of cephalopod molluscs before the sector emerges.