Switzerland Bans Boiling of Lobsters Alive
As of March 1, it will be illegal to boil lobsters alive in Switzerland.
According to Chicago Tribune, this week the Swiss Federal Council issued an order which banned “cooks in Switzerland from placing live lobsters into pots of boiling water.” Instead, “lobsters must be knocked out – either by electric shock or “mechanical destruction” of the brain – before boiling them.”
CNN notes that the move is a response to “studies that suggest lobsters are sentient with advanced nervous systems that may feel pain.” Swiss Info adds that the measure includes other protections as well:
“Live crustaceans, including the lobster, may no longer be transported on ice or in ice water. Aquatic species must always be kept in their natural environment. Crustaceans must now be stunned before they are killed.”
While the move has reportedly led to “widespread criticism from the Swiss culinary industry,” Swiss Info notes that the “cabinet insists on this change.” And, according to Chicago Tribune, “instructors at the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland have already implemented the changes in their lessons.”