One Kind launched a campaign for cephalopods and decapod crustaceans protection

One Kind launched a campaign for cephalopods and decapod crustaceans protection

15 April 2021
One Kind
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Although cephalopods such as octopus, squid, cuttlefish, and nautilus, and decapod crustaceans such as lobster, crab, and crayfish are capable of feeling pain and suffering, they are still not legally protected in Scotland.

Our member organisation, One Kind, is urging the Scottish Government to enact legislation to protect crab, lobster, octopus, squid, and other decapod crustaceans and cephalopods. Scotland's animal welfare legislation will be updated this year, so now is an excellent time to request that the Scottish Government includes cephalopods and crustaceans as protected animals under the 2006 Act.
A substantial body of evidence suggests that these animals experience pain and suffering. Although they lack backbones, there is ample evidence that they are sentients. Lobsters have advanced central nervous systems, whereas cephalopods have minds, according to scientists.
Unfortunately, in the food production system, these animals are particularly vulnerable to suffering. Both decapod crustaceans and cephalopods can suffer as a result of capture from their natural environment, captivity, transport, and slaughter without stunning.


You can learn more about One Kind’s involvement in decapod crustaceans and cephalopods protection and support them in their campaign by clicking here.