LONDON (PA Media / dpa) – Octopuses, crabs and lobsters have feelings too, a British study found that prompted the London government to add these animals to the list of those protected by future laws.
A study by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) showed that there is strong scientific evidence that these animals have the ability to experience pain, suffering or harm.
The government has confirmed that this means they will be recognized as living creatures in an upcoming bill, which is meant to ensure that future laws have high animal welfare standards.
The government commissioned an independent study by the LSE because until now decapods, including crabs, lobsters and crayfish, as well as cephalopods, including octopuses, squid and cuttlefish, have not been recognized under the Animal Welfare (Sapience) Act. And this despite the fact that animals had a complex central nervous system, one of the key signs of intelligence.
Dr. Jonathan Birch, Assistant Professor at the Center for Philosophy of Life and Social Sciences at the London School of Economics and Principal Investigator for the Animal Sensitivity Fundamentals project, said: “I am delighted to see the government is following the top recommendation of my team’s report. After reviewing more than 300 scientific studies, we have concluded that cephalopods and decapods should be considered intelligent and therefore included in the scope of the animal welfare law. ”