Live crustaceans sold in Oxford Covered Market

Kate Fowler of Animal Aid writes: “We have been advised by a local campaigner that live lobsters and crabs are being sold at the Covered Market, which is owned by Oxford City Council. According to the RSPCA Guidelines, crustaceans should not be kept in strong light or noisy conditions, and they should be killed only by trained personnel. Clearly, this is not the case when they are sold to members of the public who often kill them by boiling them alive. Please contact your Oxford City Councillor (use this link to find out who represents you: http://mycouncil.oxford.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1) and ask him or her to ensure adherence to the RSPCA guidelines, and not permit the sale of live animals to people who will kill them at home. The RSPCA guidelines can be found at: http://www.rspca.org.uk/servlet/BlobServer?blobtable=RSPCABlob&blobcol=urlblob&blobkey=id&blobwhere=1223294842888&blobheader=application/pdf ” 

We understand that Oxford City Councillor Van Coulter has made a formal request for “No retailing of live produce in Oxford Covered Market to be included in the lease for the Oxford Market shops”.  Councillor Craig Simmons, leader of the Green Group on Oxford City Council, has also promised to ask a question requesting that the RSPCA Guidelines be followed at the Council meeting on Monday 14th April.  If you are resident in Oxford you might like to ask your local City Councillor to support their stance on this issue.

Paul Appleby (with thanks to Denise Watt)

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