The UK Government announced that, in accordance with the best available scientific evidence, decapods (crab, lobster, shrimp) and cephalopods (octopus, squid, cuttlefish) are classified as sentient beings, bringing them under the protections of the Animal Welfare Bill. Based on this new classification, it will be unlawful to boil or dismember lobsters while they are alive. Switzerland and New Zealand already had banned boiling lobsters.