I don’t now how they’ll enforce this.
Newser-– Lobsters may not actually scream when they’re placed live into pots of boiling water (they don’t have vocal cords), but the jury’s still out on whether they feel pain. Switzerland isn’t taking chances, issuing a government decree that “the practice of plunging live lobsters into boiling water, which is common in restaurants, is no longer permitted,” the AFP reports. The crustaceans will have to be “stunned” first, either via electric shock or the “mechanical destruction” of the lobster’s brain, per Radio Television Suisse. Transporters of live lobsters will also be required to carry them around “in their natural environment,” not on ice or in super-cold water. Reuters notes the new rules, adopted Wednesday, will take effect in March.
Animal rights activists have long argued that lobsters, crabs, and other shellfish are able to feel pain, and there’s been some evidence to back that claim up. In a 2013 study