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‘No' to Boiling Lobsters, Says Switzerland

30th January 2018
From March 1, as part of new animal protection reforms, it will be illegal for restaurants to throw live lobsters into the pot in Switzerland From March 1, as part of new animal protection reforms, it will be illegal for restaurants to throw live lobsters into the pot in Switzerland

Switzerland has banned the practice of boiling lobsters alive.

From March 1, as part of new animal protection reforms, it will be illegal for restaurants to throw live lobsters into the pot. Only an electric shock or the ‘mechanical destruction’ of the lobster’s brain will be allowed to render the creatures dead before cooking.

This has been welcomed by animal welfare organisations which claim crustaceans can feel pain, but criticised by many of the country’s chefs.

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