Animals with feelings
A study in the UK has found that octopuses, crabs, lobsters and other invertebrates are sentient beings. This means that they are animals with feelings, and require legal protection.
The study, by the London School of Economics, shows that sea creatures, like cephalopods, are sensitive animals and feel pain and distress. As a result, changes are possible in how these animals are treated in the UK, and putting live lobsters in boiling water could be prohibited.
Octopuses and other cephalopods are protected in scientific research, but until now are not protected in other areas. The change in the law is designed to eliminate this inconsistency, but not affect too much restaurant or fishing practices.