Target: Mr. Dylan Mayer
Goal: Apologize for dragging a live female octopus out of the ocean and punching it repeatedly before killing it
Alki Cove 2 in Puget Sound, Washington is a popular area for divers around the world to come and view the giant Pacific octopus, the largest species of octopus. Diver Dylan Mayer dragged a live female Pacific octopus from the ocean, punched it repeatedly, and threw it in the back of his truck while it was still alive. Demand an apology for his brutal actions, which were for the sake of an art project.
The Pacific Octopus is an intelligent, friendly, and agile creature that is known for its ability to match its color to its surroundings. Alki Cove 2, which is near Seattle, draws divers from all over to catch a glimpse of this magnificent creature. The octopi are friendly and have gotten used to people in the waters. Local divers have even named several of them. With such a peaceful and co-existing habitat for humans and marine animals alike, it is no wonder that divers confronted Mr. Dylan Mayer when he emerged from the waters carrying the 30 lb. female octopus. He initially told the divers that he caught the octopus for an art project, but has since changed his story to killing it for meat.
Witness Bob Bailey saw Mr. Mayer repeatedly punch the octopus and throw it in the truck while it was writhing and still alive. Legally, Mr. Mayer broke no laws since the Pacific Octopus is not on the endangered species list and hunting one octopus a day is permitted with a license. But ethically, it is wrong to violently attack an animal after removing it from its environment and killing it for artistic purposes. He also killed it in Puget Sound, a place where divers come to see and appreciate the animal’s beauty in its natural environment and a place where these animals have come to trust and befriend people.
Killing another living thing in the name of art is wasteful and barbaric. Please sign the petition below, urging Mr. Dylan Mayer to respect the lives of animals when it comes to creating works of art and to apologize for his brutal actions.
Dear Mr. Dylan Mayer,
Alki Cove is a pristine area of shoreline, attracting divers worldwide. On one of your dives, you caught a gigantic Pacific octopus, dragging it out of the ocean onto the shore and punching it several times. You wanted to use it for an art piece; please apologize for killing and beating this amazing animal for a work of art.
The Pacific octopus is an intelligent and gentle creature, bringing a special beauty to the ocean. Able to change its color to its surroundings, it truly is a wonderful sight to see underwater. But once you took it from its natural habitat and killed it on your garage floor (posting pictures to Facebook), its once beautiful and colorful skin color became dull and lifeless. All living animals are valuable and important to our ecosystem and should be treated with respect and care.
Killing an animal to create a work of art is barbaric and cruel and brings little value to an artistic piece. Please allow people to enjoy and respect the Pacific Octopus and other animals by leaving them in their natural habitat and not using their carcasses for artistic purposes.
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