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Monthly Archives: February 2017

20 Feb 2017

Are lobsters ‘animals’? New campaign group formed to try to achieve legal protection for decapod crustaceans

Despite a marked increase in scientific evidence about the ability of decapod crustaceans to feel pain and suffer, there has been no government assessment of their welfare and no increase in protections for animals like crabs and lobsters, which in some shocking instances has resulted in them being left fully immobilised in plastic shrinkwrap on supermarket shelves in the UK. A new animal welfare group Crustacean Compassion has been set up to tackle this issue, and is launching today with […]

15 Feb 2017

Research reveals certain wild animal welfare issues receive far more media attention than others

A study by Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and World Animal Protection has found that certain wild animal welfare issues receive far more media attention than others. Researchers analysed over 23,000 mainstream media articles which were published in 2014, and found that activities such as culling, shooting and hunting received more media attention than the impact of activities such as commercial fishing, marine debris and pollution. As a result, the study concludes that an animal welfare issue is […]