Who We Are

Crustacean Compassion is an award-winning animal welfare organisation dedicated to the humane treatment of decapod crustaceans. We are a group of animal welfare professionals who are shocked by the inhumane treatment of crabs, lobsters, prawns and crayfish, particularly in the food industry, given what is now known about their sentience. We founded the organisation when we heard that crabs were being sold alive fully immobilised in shrinkwrap in a UK supermarket; and that the RSPCA were powerless to act as the animals were not covered by the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Now we engage with legislators and policy makers to strengthen and enforce animal welfare law and policy; we work to persuade and enable companies to sell higher welfare products across their shellfish product ranges; and we seek to educate both the public and policy makers on the science of decapod crustacean sentience and on their humane treatment and care.


Our work is grounded in scientific evidence. Furthermore, we do not campaign against the use of decapod crustaceans as food. We welcome good practice in the food industry and merely believe that all sentient creatures deserve humane treatment, determined by the needs of their species. The sentience of any animal can never be 100% conclusively proven, but where doubt still exists alongside strong positive evidence, we believe that the benefit of the doubt should apply and simple measures should be taken to ensure that no animal suffers needlessly for our plates.

Our Partners and Awards

Crustacean Compassion is grateful to be able to draw upon the legal expertise of the  lawyers at the UK Centre for Animal Law.

We are the proud recipients of a Sheila McKechnie award supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, and the RSPCA Campaigner Award 2019.


The work we're doing is possible thanks to grants from the Centre for Effective Altruism and the Open Philanthropy Project.

We are part of the Better Deal for Animals movement. BDFA is formed of 50 leading UK animal welfare groups that are campaigning for stronger law that recognises animals as sentient and ensures their protection post-Brexit.

We are also pleased to be one of the 70 organisations that make up the Eurogroup for Animals. The Eurogroup for Animals unites animal welfare organisations across Europe so that we can make positive changes for animals at an EU level.

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Find out more about who makes up the team here at Crustacean Compassion. 

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Learn about what’s happening in our campaign right now, and what we’ve achieved in the past. 

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You can contact us via email, social media, phone, or post.