It seems the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has astonishing insights into the very nature of being, far beyond anything philosophers or scientists have been able to attain. I may as well give up working on this site before I’ve even started it. Crabs, apparently, are not sentient (mere machines!) while “higher” animals are sentient. Case closed.
While admitting that “Crustacean Pain” is a great name for a thrash metal band, I wonder whether the EFSA’s controversial stance may be influenced more by their desire to not have to worry about the ethics of boiling lobsters or maiming crabs than by scientific considerations.