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The New York Times reports on a new law imposed by the Swiss government: “It ordered that lobsters and other crustaceans no longer be dropped alive into boiling water. Boiling them causes pain, the government said, and should be replaced by a more rapid method of death — such as stunning.”

While even the scientist who did the research on which the ban is based says he’s not 100 percent sure, the position seems to be that lobster brains are enough other animal brains that the minute or so it takes them to die while in boiling water is inhumane, and needs to be avoided. But there also are scientists who think this is nonsense.
KC's View:
Amazingly, the folks in charge of this ban seem to think that electrocution would be more humane. It may be faster, but it is hard to imagine that it is more humane.