March 2009

Crustaceans feel and remember pain

The research, which is just published in the journal Animal Behaviour was carried out by Professor Bob Elwood and Mirjam Appel

Professor Elwood told BBC the research highlighted the need to investigate how crustaceans used in food industries are treated, saying that a "potentially very large problem" was being ignored.

Professor Elwood, who previously carried out a study showing that prawns endure pain, said: "There has been a long debate about whether crustaceans including crabs, prawns and lobsters feel pain.