Crustacean Compassion is a nonprofit organization that campaigns for the humane treatment of crabs, lobsters and other decapod crustaceans in the United Kingdom.


Crustacean Compassion's activities so far have focused on organizing a public petition to include crustaceans as a class of animals protected by the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill;[1]  releasing a report outlining the ethical, legal and scientific arguments for the protection of crustaceans;[2] and drafting an open letter to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, signed by over fifty animal welfare scientists and other relevant experts, asserting the sentience of crustaceans and calling for their protection.[3]

In November 2021, following the publication of a report by the London School of Economics on decapod and cephalopod sentience,[4] the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill was amended to recognize crabs, octopuses and lobsters as sentient beings.[5][6][7]


Crustacean Compassion was the recipient of a $10,000 pilot grant by Animal Welfare Fund[8] and, more recently, of a £575,000 grant by Open Philanthropy to support work to advance UK welfare reforms for decapod crustaceans.[9]

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    Crustacean Compassion (2021) Take action, Crustacean Compassion.

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    Crustacean Compassion (2021) The case for the legal protection of decapod crustaceans, Crustacean Compassion, July.

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    Crustacean Compassion (2018) Open letter to Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Crustacean Compassion, January 31.

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    Birch, Jonathan et al. (2021) Review of the evidence of sentience in cephalopod molluscs and decapod crustaceans, London School of Economics.

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    Crustacean Compassion (2021) Uk government recognises crabs, lobsters & prawns as sentient and plans to protect them!, Crustacean Compassion, November 21.

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    Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (2021) Lobsters, octopus and crabs recognised as sentient beings, GOV.UK, November 19.

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    Benyon, Richard (2021) Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [HL], UK Parliament, May 13.

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    Animal Welfare Fund (2019) November 2019: Animal Welfare Fund grants, Effective Altruism Funds, November 21.

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    Bollard, Lewis & Amanda Hungerford (2021) Crustacean Compassion — General support, Open Philanthropy, February 17.

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