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Animal welfare amendment ‘may have a positive impact on R&D’

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Recognising decapods and cephalopods as sentient should help prevent poorly conducted research, says RSPCA expert

A move to formally recognise that crabs, octopuses and lobsters can feel pain could help prevent “poorly designed or conducted” research from going ahead, according to an animal research expert.

On 19 November, the government submitted an amendment to the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill recognising decapod crustaceans and cephalopod molluscs as sentient beings.

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