Boiling lobsters alive banned in Switzerland


This video says about itself:

11 January 2018

The Guardian has reported that as of March 1 in Switzerland “the practice of plunging live lobsters into boiling water, which is common in restaurants, is no longer permitted.” The new ban is part of a wider overhaul of Swiss animal protection laws. As David Foster Wallace points out in “Consider the Lobster” when the animals are boiled alive they flail and cling to the pot trying to escape.

Will these new laws in Switzerland also ban eating cat and dogs, still legal now?

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Switzerland forbids boiling lobsters alive, should we also do that?

From the aquarium into a pan of boiling water with claws handcuffed. It will no longer be possible in Switzerland in two months; then it will be illegal to boil lobsters alive. From now on, they must first be anesthetized by means of a power surge. …

The Party for the Animals has been working for years for a lobster-boiling ban in the Netherlands. MP Wassenberg says that several studies have shown that lobsters can feel pain. “This is a reason for Switzerland to forbid the live boiling of lobsters without prior anesthetic. The Party for the Animals has been calling for such a ban for years, but motions for that could not count on sufficient support.”

European Commissioner Andriukaitis argued earlier in a response to questions from the party that the live boiling of crustaceans and the placing of seawater crustaceans into fresh water is painful and can cause stress. Afterwards, Wassenberg asked during the budget debate in the House of Representatives whether the minister wants to take measures against it.

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