I've read that you're supposed to kill them with a knife before dropping them in the water as it'll make them taste better. Don't know if it's true, but it doesn't make them taste worse and I'm sure it's a better death than being boiled alive. There's a cross on their head, just put the tip of the knife in the intersection of the cross and push down. Switzerland bans boiling lobsters alive In a new law, the Swiss government has banned the common culinary practice of throwing the crustaceans into boiling water while they are still conscious. The move is a response to studies that suggest lobsters are sentient with advanced nervous systems that may feel pain. From March 2018, lobsters being prepared in Switzerland will need to be knocked out before they're put to death, or killed instantly. They'll also get other protections while in transit. Elwood's studies suggest crustaceans will make serious life and death decisions when exposed to pain. In experiments, hermit crabs were quick to abandon a shell if it was exposed to a large electric shock.