Boiling live lobsters to be banned
The Swiss government is banning the practice of boiling live lobsters. The new rules are part of a wide ranging set of regulations aimed to protect animals.
The government says it must be assumed that animals are sentient and should not be allowed to suffer unnecessarily.
Lobsters will have to be stunned before going into the pot – and they can’t be transported on ice. They must be kept in a tank.
Other rules include the banning of the devices that automatically punish dogs for barking and clamping down on puppy farms.
Also any cages must be sized correctly for the animal and some petting zoos will be outlawed.
The new rules will come into force in March.