Agriculture minister Carola Schouten will put a stop to the practice of boiling crabs and lobsters alive, she promised MPs during Thursday’s debate on her ministry’s budget.
Schouten was reacted to a motion put forward by by pro-animal rights MP Frank Wassenberg in which he asked for a ban on what he said was a ‘barbaric’ practice.
Schouten said many restaurants already sedate the animals before they are cooked and that cookery schools are also teaching alternatives. A European ban may also be forthcoming, she said, but until then she would ‘advocate killing the animals more quickly and in a less painful way’.
In 2018, when Switzerland forbade the live boiling of crabs and lobsters, the PvdD also tabled a motion for a ban, but it failed to get a majority.
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