Switzerland has decided to ban boiling lobsters alive because some experts think they can feel pain.
Switzerland has taken the extraordinary move of banning the throwing of live lobsters into boiling water as a method of killing them. Officials believe there is enough evidence that lobsters and other crustaceans can feel pain, and that therefore boiling them alive is inhumane and is a practice that should be stopped.
As a result, chefs must now stun the lobsters before putting them into the boiling water, either through electrical or mechanicl means. In addition, live crustaceans including lobster cannot be transported on ice or in ice water, and they must always be kept in their natural environment, according to reports.
However, the move is not without controversy as not everyone believes the science is so settled, and some argue that there is absolutely no evidence that lobsters feel such pain. Therefore, they believe the new rules to be unnecessarily onerous.