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UK: Lobster, octopus and crab are considered sentient beings

According to new research, lobster, octopus and crab are sensitive creatures – they have been included in the Animal Welfare Act.

According to researchers, vertebrates like octopuses can feel pain-like sensations

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Do lobster, octopus and crab really have feelings? British scientists say yes – Britain is going to change its laws.

The British government wants to reform its animal welfare laws after Brexit. This includes the bill recognizing that crustaceans, such as crab, octopus, and crab, are now sensible creatures.

Cephalopods (including squid and octopuses) and decapods (including crabs, crabs and shrimp) should be included in the list of legally recognized creatures that have sensations such as pain. A committee has been set up to ensure that the government takes animal sentiment into account in its policies.

Draft law based on study

The researchers reviewed more than 300 studies examining neurological or behavioral indicators in invertebrate species, Jonathan Birch, a professor at the London School of Economics, told NBC News. The scientist was one of the key figures in charge of the “Foundations of Animal Sense” project. Fundamentals of animal consciousness) Among other things, studies have examined whether animals have pain receptors, whether they are capable of learning, and how they interact with painkillers.

The octopus changes colors repeatedly while sleeping

“The evidence in all cases seemed to support the sentiment,” Birch said. “It’s very strong with octopuses. With prawns […] We’re less optimistic, “says the researcher.

No effect on the economy

According to a government press release quoted by NBC News, changes in the Animal Welfare Act will not have an immediate impact on restaurants or commercial fishing activities. However, they can also help shape future animal welfare policies.

They are: NBC News