The Swiss Consider the Lobster. It Feels Pain, They Decide.

The Swiss government has banned tossing lobsters and other crustaceans into boiling water. But what’s the science behind that decision?

The government of Switzerland kicked off a debate this week when 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.Still, even the scientist who conducted the foundational research for the government’s decision said he’s not 100 percent sure that lobsters can feel pain. But he’s concerned enough that he’s only cooked a live lobste...