The British government will look to ban the boiling of lobsters alive as a part of its proposed animal welfare bill. However, the government has refrained from imposing similar ethical restrictions on Halal meat.
The Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill will look to add protections for vertebrate animals who are believed to experience pain and the government is reportedly seeking to extend this provision to some more intelligent invertebrates including octopuses, squids, and lobsters.
The legislation would prohibit the boiling of live lobsters after government officials consulted with industry leaders on alternative methods of killing the creatures, The Times reported.
A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “We’re proud to have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world and we are fully committed to strengthening them further to ensure all animals avoid any unnecessary pain, distress or suffering.
“We have commissioned an independent