In San Francisco, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently posted a video showing a restaurant serving living, squirming octopus to restaurant goers. According to CBSNews, about a dozen restaurants in New York and San Francisco serve live octopus in a traditional Korean dish comprised of moving octopus tentacles, called “sannakji.”
A video filmed by PETA shows a chef cutting up a live octopus. The non-profit animal welfare organization wants to ban the consumption of live animals. In the written statements posted with the video, octopus expert Jennifer Mather makes it clear they feel pain, and they are suffering as they are chopped up piece by piece while still alive.
The video footage below comes from two restaurants in Los Angeles. At T Equals Fish, the legs of the octopus were chopped off. When one of the restaurant owners was asked about the animal feeling pain, he didn’t deny it, however he stated it is a long-standing cultural tradition.
According to National Geographic, octopuses have some of the most remarkable brains in nature – not only are they able to escape through tiny openings because of their soft, boneless bodies, but also have been reported to learn quickly where food is coming from, are curious and have been known to recognize individual faces. Evidence leads to the cephalopods capable of feeling pain just as any animal.
PETA has launched a petition alongside of the video showing a writhing octopus as a sushi chef chops off its legs. They are calling for an end to the “uncivilized, grossly inhumane, and gruesome practice of hacking up and serving live, sensitive animals.”