Under the new restrictions lobsters will need to be "stunned before they are put to death," according to the government order, which goes into effect March 1. As for what that means, the Swiss public broadcaster RTS reports that only electric shock and "mechanical destruction" of the lobsters' brains will be acceptable methods.
Animals rights activists have long argued that crustaceans have complex nervous systems and can feel pain, and should thus not be subjected to the torturous death of being boiled or steamed alive -- a popular way of preparing lobsters. Additionally, the order outlines new rules regarding how live lobsters are to be transported. "Live crustaceans, including the lobster, may no longer be transported on ice or in ice water. Aquatic species must always be kept in their natural environment," it reads. The new law is also designed to crack down on things like puppy mills and devices meant to silence barking dogs, according to The Guardian.