Day: January 28, 2023

UK: Crab and Lobster Welfare Takes a Step Forward With First UK Supermarket Benchmark.

Crab and lobster welfare takes a step forward with first UK supermarket benchmark

27 January 2023

Crustacean Compassion

Following the inclusion of decapod crustaceans (such as crabs, lobsters and prawns) – in the UK Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022, Crustacean Compassion have launched the first UK industry benchmark ‘The Snapshot’ to assess welfare standards for decapod crustaceans within the UK food supply chain.

30 UK companies – including all major supermarkets – were evaluated in the benchmark, revealing that only 50% of companies have developed formal policies on some aspect of decapod crustacean welfare, and only one is promoting decapod welfare to consumers.

On average, retailers are leading the way in areas of welfare policy, management and reporting.

The Snapshot report is the first assessment of leading seafood producers, processors, retailers and wholesalers in the UK on welfare standards for decapod crustaceans such as crabs, lobsters and prawns.

Commissioned by our member organisation, Crustacean Compassion, and facilitated by Chronos Sustainability, The Snapshot was released this week. 

Each year, more than 420 million crabs, lobsters, langoustines and prawn/shrimp are caught in the UK with a further 5 billion prawns and other crustaceans being imported from overseas. The Snapshot looks at their welfare at all stages of the supply chain: capture and handling, holding and storage, transport, mutilations, stunning and slaughter.

The Snapshot assessed 30 UK seafood companies, including household name brands, all major supermarkets and more localised seafood specialists. The report reveals that 70% of companies consider the welfare of crustaceans to be a business issue, in part due to growing consumer concerns. Contrary to this, only 50% have developed formal welfare policies.

While retailers are leading the way across several key areas, including policy commitment, enforcing their policies and reporting of welfare standards, only one company assessed is promoting decapod crustacean welfare to their customers – and this is a producer, not a retailer.

The benchmark will be repeated later in 2023 and will show which companies are taking decapod welfare seriously and making improvements in this vital area. Whilst this initial report does not share company scores, subsequent reports will publish all company scores and a ranking table, allowing consumers to make informed choices for higher-welfare products that avoid inhumane practices such as eyestalk ablation and slaughter through drowning, asphyxiation and boiling alive.

The development of The Snapshot involved consultation with industry, and this continued engagement will ensure that decapods, companies and consumers will all benefit.

You can watch the webinar launch recording here.

Since animals like crabs and lobsters were legally recognised as sentient and able to feel pain, companies have rightly been under increased scrutiny about how their practices impact the welfare of the animals involved. The Snapshot will show how decapod welfare is currently being addressed across the industry right now and will drive welfare improvements across the sector. Customers expect to be able to buy seafood that has been produced to high standards of animal welfare and we have been asked which brands and companies have the most humane practices. The food industry has a responsibility to both meet those expectations and provide the necessary information to enable consumers to make informed choices.

Claire Howard, Director at Crustacean Compassion

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Crustacean Compassion

Regards Mark

USA: Animal rights group names Kansas City Zoo among worst for elephants. Zoo CEO disagrees.

Animal rights group names Kansas City Zoo among worst for elephants. Zoo CEO disagrees

Kansas City has one of the worst zoos for elephants in the country, an animal rights group claimed this week.

But the zoo’s CEO called that assertion false, and disagreed with all accusations leveled against them.

In Defense of Animals, an international animal protection organization based out of California, published its latest “worst zoos for elephants” list Tuesday, ranking the Kansas City Zoo at No. 2.

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Animal rights group names Kansas City Zoo among worst for elephants. Zoo CEO disagrees (

Regards Mark

Spain: ‘Galgos’ Hunting Dogs – A Bill Designed to Strengthen Animal Rights in Spain Could Outlaw Hunting With Dogs.

Hunting dogs in Spain are known as ‘Galgos’.

Check out some of our past Galgos posts by clicking here:

Search Results for “galgos” – World Animals Voice

It is estimated that between 50,000 to 100,000 Galgo hunting dogs are killed in Spain every year in what has come to be known as the “Holocaust of Greyhounds”, but it’s difficult to know for sure, because nobody knows exactly how many are bred every year.

Regards Mark

A bill designed to strengthen animal rights in Spain could outlaw hunting with dogs.

The proposal would reform the treatment of domestic and wild animals in captivity. It includes plans to ban the sale of pets in stores, turn zoos into wildlife recovery centres, and impose prison sentences for animal abusers.

However, Spain’s ruling Socialist party, which introduced the bill in 2022, was forced to backtrack last month following protests in rural areas. With elections looming later this year, the party is cautious of upsetting this key voter base.

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Hunters and animal rights protestors clash over amendments to Spain’s pet protection laws (

And …

Spain animal laws: Pet shops to close and dog owners to be trained under proposed changes

A law aimed at strengthening animal rights in Spain plans to ban the sale of pets in shops, convert zoos into wildlife recovery centres and make training compulsory for dog owners.

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Spain animal laws: Pet shops to close and dog owners to be trained under proposed changes (

Regards Mark