Codes of Practice for the Welfare of Decapod Crustaceans in the Food Chain: from Capture to Killing

The purpose of these Codes of Practice is to provide a framework of good practice guidance for the treatment of decapod crustaceans used in the food chain.

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Sea-to-Plate: The welfare journey of decapod crustaceans

The Sea-to-Plate report reviews welfare compromises at each stage of the supply chain

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Policy Factsheet – Capture

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Policy Factsheet – Transport

Large numbers of decapod crustaceans are commercially transported every year – read a list of do’s and don’ts for transporting decapod crustaceans.

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Policy Factsheet – Mutilations

A quick look factsheet about decapod mutilation.

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Policy Factsheet – Slaughter and Killing

Decapod crustaceans must be slaughtered using methods that ensure instantaneous insensibility or death. This factsheet summarises the 8 most common industrial slaughter methods from a welfare perspective.

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Policy Factsheet – Stunning

Stunning crustaceans before slaughter is an important welfare standard for industry – read the facts around this important topic.

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Crump et al. 2022 – Invertebrate sentience and sustainable seafood

Although some countries now recognise decapod crustaceans and cephalopod molluscs as sentient, welfare issues remain that require further attention.

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Janssens 2021 – Animal business: An ethical exploration of corporate responsibility towards animals

Explore the worlds of business and animal ethics, and how they interact.

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Hinchcliffe et al. 2021 – European lobster Homarus gammarus aquaculture: Technical developments, opportunities and requirements

Recent innovations are addressing key bottlenecks that have prevented cost-efficient commercial production of European lobster.

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Crump et al. 2022 – Sentience in decapod crustaceans: A general framework and review of the evidence

Review the evidence relating to decapod sentience using a novel framework developed specifically for evaluating invertebrates.

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Conte et al. 2021 – Humane slaughter of edible crustaceans

Explore evidence for sentience in decapods and understand cost-effective measures to avoid adverse effects on decapod well-being.

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