On Wednesday, the Swiss lawmakers announced that gastronomic practices like boiling crustaceans alive would be banned all over the country. Subsequently, the new law will also prohibit the transportation of lobsters and other crustaceans in ice water or on ice.
Lobster Boiling Will be Illegal in Switzerland
A new animal protection law might upset thousands of culinary enthusiasts from Switzerland, as the Swiss Government voted for the prohibition of killing crustaceans through boiling. Although strange, the new law, which will come into effect beginning on the 1st of March, is based on a new scientific study, according to which any lobster can feel a tremendous amount of pain while being boiled alive.
Furthermore, the study also revealed that crustaceans possess a highly sophisticated nervous system, which is the reason why Swiss authorities have ruled this killing method as being cruel.
When the law comes into effect, the only acceptable ways to put lobsters down will be through stunning. The law dictates that a lobster should be put down either by the mechanical destructions of their brain or by using electric shock, similar to the methods used on farm animals.
The newly-implemented lobster law also offers strict guidelines on the transportation and storage of crustaceans. According to the new status quo, crustaceans will have to be transported in special water storages, where they will have adequate living conditions.
Subsequently, the restaurants serving lobster-based dishes will need to outfit their kitchens with special storage equipment. At the moment, there are little to no details on what happens to individuals who do not abide by the new lobster law.
What does this entail in terms of dining out? Obviously, after the new law is passed, Swiss citizens will be compelled to dig deeper into their pockets to savor a scrumptious lobster dinner.
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