This Viral Video of a Crayfish’s Last Moments Left Us Devastated

A heartbreaking video posted by Toronto Fish Save of a crayfish desperately hanging onto the side of a boiling pot is making its rounds on the internet. Struggling by the claws not to fall, this poor animal clearly does not want to die.

Watch the emotional video yourself.

There’s nothing kind about eating crayfish or any other crustacean. Often boiled alive, these innocent beings suffer immensely. Many people believe that crustaceans and fish are incapable of feeling pain, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. A study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology reveals that crabs, lobsters, and fish do in fact all feel pain.

To make matters worse, in the United States these animals are denied even the most basic legal protections. Not a single federal animal welfare law protects crustaceans or fish. As a result, countless animals used by the seafood industry endure lives of unimaginable pain and slow, cruel deaths.

Fortunately, you don’t have to wait another minute to help stop the needless suffering of these sensitive animals. By choosing healthy plant-based meals, you can ensure that lobsters, crabs, fish, and other aquatic animals are spared senseless cruelty and death.

Ready to get started? Check out all the amazing vegan versions of seafood, such as Gardein’s fishless filets and crabless cakes. And click here for compassionate sea-inspired recipes.