Lobsters and crabs can feel pain according to the dailymail:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2263712/Lobsters-crabs-feel-pain-action-avoid-happening-again.html

This finding has sparked a heated discussion on BBC Radio 2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/ on the Jeremy Vine show today http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pt62f between two professional personalities, a chef and a campaigner and the public.

Let us put aside the science and use our brains for a moment. Lobsters, crabs, prawns and us, what do we all have in common?
Life of cause, now anything that lives has a central nervous system right? So it goes without saying that every life form can feel pain. Now whether the pain that animals or in this case shell fish feel is the same amount of pain that we would experience is something that we might never learn.

Is it cruel to boil crustaceans alive? I believe that this is a personal opinion. Hang on let me explain. For as long as humans have lived we have eaten meat of some form, be it from land or sea. More recently we have developed meat alternatives and we can quite healthily live without touching another animal if we so wished to, as everyone has a right to be carnivore or not.

But if we decide that there is no cruel free way to kill and eat these animals. Do we stop eating fish altogether? Therefore do we put over 13,000 people out of work, in the UK alone? (http://www.fishermensmission.org.uk/index.php?page=what-we-do )
Where then does it end? Do we put stop to abattoirs and animal farming, putting even more people out of work? What would be the knock on effect from there?