Our Campaign

"The information about learning, awareness and capacity for pain and other feelings in (...) decapod crustaceans is also clear enough to justify arguments for their protection if they are used in experimentation, for food or for other purposes"

                       Donald Broom, Professor (Emeritus) of Animal Welfare, University of Cambridge (1)

Crustacean Compassion wants all decapod crustaceans to be treated humanely. So we are currently campaigning for crabs, lobsters, langoustines, crayfish and prawns under human control (e.g., in restaurants and at supermarkets) to be legally recognised as sentient animals, capable of feeling pain and experiencing suffering; and deserving of the relevant welfare protections for their species. For example: the Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing England) Regulations 2015;

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 (England and Wales); The Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006; The Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.


The Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (WATOK) Regulations are derived from EU law and therefore a unique opportunity has arisen to make sure decapod crustaceans are included in any rewrite of this legislation following Brexit.

We are dedicated to raising public awareness of the sentience of decapod crustaceans and putting public pressure on the Government to make the necessary amendments to the law. Our case is built on both scientific evidence and ethical reasoning.


Our current campaign is to get decapod crustaceans covered by the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (England and Wales).


1. Broom, D.M. (2014). Sentience and Animal Welfare (p. 122). Wallingford: CABI