We've been campaigning for years for the inclusion of cephalopods (octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus) and decapod crustaceans (lobster, crab and crayfish) under Scotland's animal welfare legislation. 

Our campaign highlights from our Sea Their Suffering campaign include:

  • Participating in a DEFRA-funded stakeholder workshop that investigated crustacean and cephalopod sentience and welfare concerns. The results informed legislative change by the UK Government and may influence the Scottish Government too.
  • Briefing Colin Smyth MSP to raise an amendment to extend legal protection to decapod crustaceans and cephalopods during Stage 2 of the Animal and Wildlife Bill amendments. The Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, Mairi Gougeon, responded that the Government was open to extending protection.
  • Responding to the Scottish Government’s Animal Health and Welfare Act 2019 consultation, recommending that cephalopods and decapod crustaceans be included in the legislation.
  • Joining 41 other organisations who collaborated to produce a manifesto for protecting and improving animal welfare following Brexit- inclusion of cephalopods and crustaceans within domestic animal welfare legislation was a recommendation.
  • Publishing our 2005 report exploring cephalopods and decapod crustaceans capacity of experience pain and suffering and recommending that they be included as protected animals under animal protection legislation.