RSPCA urgently calls for crabs and lobsters to be added to UK lab animal laws

This World Day for Animals in Laboratories (24 April), we're calling for scientific experiments on decapod crustaceans (like crabs and lobsters) to be regulated in the same way as experiments on mice, rats and fish.

New groundbreaking evidence that decapods are sentient (able to experience pain and distress) makes it morally wrong to exclude them from the law controlling lab animal use.

The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 does not cover decapod use for scientific purposes. This means that no licences, or training, are required before they can be used in procedures causing pain, suffering or distress...