Scientists have found that prawns who have their eyes sliced open or cut off become disoriented, flick their tails (an escape reflex) and rub the traumatised area — all behaviours associated with pain.
Research has found that, given the right environment, female prawns will breed without having their eye cut off. One of Latin America’s largest group of prawn farms, SeaJoy, has already phased out this gruesome procedure.
If you believe that all animals deserve compassion, make sure the prawn industry knows caring Australians don’t support this cruelty. Send a message to the head of the Australian Prawn Farmers Association and tell them to stop cutting eyes off prawns.