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Driving over it with a truck - from the point of view of animal welfare, this killing method would be the best because it is quick and effective. Cancer would be dead in fractions of a second, its suffering minimal. But: This process is not so suitable for star-rated gastronomy.

Animals are killed by turning off the brain and letting the animal bleed to death. This is what the legislator prescribes. But what to do if an animal has no blood and not just one but several areas of the brain? In cancer, these so-called ganglia are still distributed throughout the body. Like many invertebrates, crabs have a rope ladder nervous system rather than a central nervous system. The cancer cannot be killed with the head off. The killing impulse must act on the whole body.

Common killings

Two methods meet this requirement: freezing and heating. Many restaurateurs reject freezing because the structure of the meat suffers. Killing in boiling water has prevailed. For the crayfish expert and Aargau hunting and fishing administrator Thomas Stucki, this method is justifiable for crayfish if it is used carefully: “The water must boil and the animals must be placed individually in the boiling water. Too many animals or too small a pot lead to a drop in the temperature of the water, which delays the time of death. "

He gives the all-clear for the screaming or whistling that is often described when cooking large crabs. These noises are caused by hot air escaping from the tank. "Cancer has no organ that could produce such vocalizations."

Gastronomic folklore

Nevertheless, the Swiss animal welfare organization STS firmly rejects killing in hot water: it has not yet been proven that crabs do not suffer from this type of killing. Sarah Wehrli from the STS Wildlife Unit: “Even if little is known about the pain perception of crabs: Live cooking is a cruelty that must be stopped. It is a gastronomic folklore. "

In fact, live crabs are almost exclusively processed in the catering industry today. "If chefs with points don't want to do without lobster, then they should at least stun the animals beforehand," says Sarah Wehrli. It refers to a tried and tested British kitchen appliance, Link opens in a new window, which stuns crabs with electricity.

The legislature is having a hard time

The stunning of animals before slaughter is therefore mandatory in the Swiss Animal Welfare Act. The corresponding article only applies to vertebrates. With regard to crayfish, the legislature no longer speaks of the compulsory stunning, but only of "permitted stunning methods". Two are mentioned by name: electricity and mechanical destruction of the brain. But as we know, cancer doesn't just have one brain. And there is nothing in the regulation about trucks.

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In 2012, 250 tons of lobster meat were imported into Switzerland. The share of live imports is not shown statistically. According to industry experts, most of them are imported frozen. According to the Swiss Animal Welfare Service STS, this says nothing about species-appropriate killing. He demands: Stun and kill the animals immediately after they have been caught.

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  • Commentary by John Bell, Atlanta, USA
    Since my wife is from Louisiana, I have often had the opportunity to take part in a "crawfish boil". Several hundred marsh crabs are dipped into boiling water in a sieve at the same time. In doing so, I have observed that the crustaceans instantly stop moving when they are immersed, and I think that they are instantly dead from the shock of the heat. By the way, they are extremely tasty.
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  • Commentary by Christoph Speiser, Witterswil
    Dear animal rights activists, killing is always cruel, even lettuce reacts when it is cut off. Boil or freeze? During the boiling process, the nerves are so overexcited that the brain (if present) cannot do anything with the information. The same thing happens if you are electrocuted or if you are run over by a truck or train. When freezing, functions are gradually switched off, suffering only takes place when one is aware of the impending end.
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    1. answer from M. Bolder, Muhen
      @ Speiser: "Suffering only takes place when one is aware of the impending end." So, in this case, is pain not suffering? Your statement could easily be misused, especially if it is also applied to humans.
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  • Commentary by Daniel Ziltener, Biel
    Our animal welfare can really no longer be taken seriously and is a laughing stock. For purely an end in itself, people are desperately looking for a raison d'être and looking to humanize the animals even more and over-dramatize the situation even more. They are animals, not people! Not even mammals!
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