New Video Exposes Dreaded ‘Octocurse’ Striking Octopus-Eaters This Halloween

New Video Exposes Dreaded ‘Octocurse’ Striking Octopus-Eaters This Halloween

London – For Halloween, PETA has teamed up with Grey London to produce a new video warning people of the dangers of the terrifying “octocurse”, which befalls anyone who kills, cooks, or consumes octopuses.

“Octopuses are extremely intelligent and sensitive animals, and anyone who chops them up or eats their flesh may as well be practising cannibalism,” says PETA Vice President of UK Programmes and Operations Elisa Allen. “This Halloween, PETA urges everyone to dodge the dreaded octocurse by skipping the cruelty and going vegan.”

Octopuses have been known to caress and kiss one another, use tools, navigate mazes, attempt escapes, and even squirt their captors with water. PETA is trying to put a stop to plans to open the world’s first intensive octopus farm in the Canary Islands, where scientists have warned that these sensitive animals will suffer acutely from confinement to cramped tanks and slaughter, likely while still conscious, by crude methods such as clubbing. Octopuses’ brains are distributed throughout their entire bodies, so other common killing methods, such as cutting or spearing them, also cause them prolonged agony.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview – notes that today, many healthy and delicious vegan seafood options exist, from Sophie’s Kitchen’s Plant-Based Crab Cakes to Good Catch’s plant-based tuna and New Wave Foods’ new plant-based shrimp.

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