Last week the UK government confirmed it would be extending its Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill to include decapods (such as crabs, lobsters and crayfish), and cephalopods (such as octopuses, squid and cuttlefish). The move followed a government-commissioned review of the scientific evidence, which found strong evidence that cephalopods and decapods do have feelings. Madeleine Finlay spoke to Dr Jonathan Birch, who led the review, to ask what it means for lobsters to have feelings, and what difference it should make to how we treat – and eat – them
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- Dr Jonathan Birch is an associate professor, and principal investigator on the Foundations of Animal Sentience project, at the London School of Economics
- You can read the review of the evidence of sentience in cephalopod molluscs and decapod crustaceans here
- Our reporting on the potential law change on boiling lobsters alive can be found here
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