Hacking apart live octopuses is cruel
Re ‘Culture is not an excuse for cruelty:’ PETA, Jan. 7 It’s puzzling to me that chef Sang Kim tries to justify cruelty by citing cultural differences. As a veterinarian, I can assure your readers that hacking apart live octopuses for the Korean dish sannakji fits the definition of cruelty. Octopuses are highly intelligent animals. They have excellent memories, they play just like dolphins and dogs and they can learn by watching others. They also feel pain. Because octopuses have a decentralized nervous system, it is possible that these incredible animals can still feel pain even some time after their brain is destroyed. Heather Rally, Santa Barbara, Calif.