Toronto Star

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.

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