live octopus consumption on Food Network 'Chef vs. City'

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From Jennifer Mather's article: Animal suffering: An invertebrate perspective.

Obviously, there is no simple answer about extending ethical consideration to invertebrate animals. Different vertebrate species have different physiologies and need different considerations. The invertebrates are a vastly more diverse group. Still, at least some invertebrates very likely have the capacity for pain and suffering and, perhaps, mental suffering. Thus, it is appropriate to extend ethical consideration to all animals in our care, fortunately not only because it is good for them but also because it is good for us.


Mather, J. A. (2001). Animal suffering: An invertebrate perspective. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 4, 151–156.
 
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It horrified me enough to see a tank full of squid at a local Asian grocery next to a tank full of turtles and frogs where one of them was bitten to the bone and a box full of overpacked shrimp.

I wanted to yell at the staff.
 
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edofleini;156947 said:
This is not the only ugly abuse of living animals (also cephalopods). PETA (people for the ethical treatment of animals) are looking at several eateries in New York that put live octopuses on top of steaming hot noodles. The octopuses, of course, try to escape but are repeatedly put back on top of the noodles.

It makes me ****ing angry to see that.

At the same time, why does it have to be PeTA investigating that? I hate PeTA. Bunch of anti-research, hypocritical (they kill most of the animals that they see) assholes. They don't understand the stringent animal use protocol that we use and the fact that we DO treat animals humanely and use alternatives where available. They also want animals to have practically the same moral standing as humans. Also, they're militant vegans.

One of their executives uses pig-based insulin.
 

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... I dont see what the appeal of eating an octopus is? Any animal thats smart enough to preform advanced brain functions should not be eaten. I dont understand, Why would you want to eat a live animal? I someone gave you a live cow, a knife, and a fork, would you eat it? I didnt see the show, but it makes me angry. If someone browsed the forums for one day, they would never eat a ceph again. Now dont get me wrong, Iv enjoyed a plate of calamari here and there, but in that case, the squid is killed quickly and then chopped, an then flown to a restaurant, not torchered and eaten alive...
 

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Any animal thats smart enough to preform advanced brain functions should not be eaten
As much as I find causing anything anguish to be wrong, sentient or not, I eat animal flesh on daily basis and object highly to the treatment of the animal, not its consumption.
 

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