Octopuses, Crabs, and Lobsters Are Sentient Beings

Octopuses, Crabs, and Lobsters Are Sentient Beings
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Marine invertebrates like octopuses, squids, shrimp, and crayfish are capable of feeling pain, hunger, joy, and excitement, among other expressions of sentience. The U.K. government will now update its new animal welfare bill accordingly.

In May, the U.K. government introduced its Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill, in which it recognized vertebrates (animals with backbones) as sentient beings.

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