Don’t Freeze Intelligent Octopuses Alive

Target:  Fernando Clavijo Batlle, President of the Canary Islands

Goal: Stop plan to farm and inhumanely slaughter octopuses by the millions.

Plans are under way for the world’s first commercial octopus farm. Nueva Pescanova, a large fishing conglomerate, will unveil the facility on the Canary Islands. They claim the animals will be cared for humanely, but biologists and other advocates say nothing could be further from the truth.

For one, these animals that crave darkness will live their lives packed into extremely crowded tanks, where they will very likely have to endure almost constant light shone on them. A current test tank about the size of a small hotel room holds 50 of the animals. The ultimate goal is to kill each octopus and harvest roughly 3,000 tons of meat annually from over a million animals. The method of proposed death is even more controversial, as every animal will seemingly die slowly and likely painfully in freezing-cold water.

The octopus has become a subject of admiration and wonder for scientists who marvel at the animal’s intelligence. Research consistently suggests that an octopus can feel pleasure, pain, and other emotions of a fully sentient being. Now the aquaculture industry wants to raise these animals in deplorable conditions and force them to endure slow-motion torture. If this project becomes a reality, more of the same abuse under the name of conservation will surely follow.

Sign the petition below to join the calls for the Canary Islands’ leaders to stop this ecological outrage at once.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Clavijo,

Nueva Pescanova is painting a favorable picture of its proposed octopus farm, touting the amount of meat it will produce, the humane nature of the project, and the conservation of the wild octopus that will result. What they are failing to present are the realities warned about by biologists: the aggression from the animals crammed into tiny quarters, the isolation and stress (from the crowded conditions and constant light exposure) these animals will endure, and the agony animals whose intelligence and awareness is long heralded will face as they are seemingly deliberately frozen to death.

And as for the claims that farming these animals will somehow be the salvation for their wild counterparts, years of research suggest the exact opposite outcome: demand—and hunting—will only increase. The octopus and other invertebrates already enjoy almost no legal protections, despite their scientifically validated sentience. You have a choice now with this first-of-its-kind endeavor, and this choice will set a precedent.

Do you want to standardize and spread torture and cruelty against an intelligent and emotional living being to the world, or do you want to be the leaders who say definitively and firmly “this is not us” and “this is not what humanity has become.” Please make the right decision.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Albert Kok


38 Comments

  1. Miroslava Elfeky says:

    Who will cook live animals? Wtf is that? Only stupid human!

    • Lobsters are cooked alive. Dogs and cats are boiled alive in China at the Yulin festival that is now on for the next ten days. Humans aren’t stupid, they know what they are doing and we are a plague on this planet.

  2. We humans have a lot to answer for. Turn the tables on anyone who kills or tortures any living creature and give them the same!

  3. There is way too much brutal horrific slaughter of innocent animals in our world that does not need to happen period! Enough already put yourself in their position they feel pain just like we do have some compassion have a heart!

  4. Avatar photo Torah Wolf says:

    What a truly evil thing to do only children of the devil could think of something crooked and evil as this.

    You think I’m kidding I do my Bible study it’s very clear in Genesis Satan had his own legacy from Cain.

    Is these people that come from Cain’s legacy that are evil and do terrible evil things no child of God could ever do anything this evil.

    I always hope to even the evil people come to repentance but if they don’t they’ll get judged for everything they do and they’ll get it all at once just as we all do.

    No one and I mean no one ever gets away with anything they think they get away with it in this life they better think again because there’s another one coming and they’re going to suffer greatly in that life you do evil under the Sun you abate yourself from God you go against the grain of God when you pass and enter the next realm you’ll never see God’s glory you will never be in the light of God.

  5. There is way too much brutal horrific painful slaughter of innocent animals in our world that does not need to happen period! Enough already put yourself in their position they feel pain just like we do have some compassion have a heart!

  6. Laura Rolder says:

    Stop harming all these living beings. It sick, inhumane an just down right wrong. When will you humans understand that they feel pain and no living being should ever have that done to them on purpose.

  7. Urszula Lund says:

    STOP this EXTREME ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME. SHUT DOWN ALL SLAUGHTERHOUSES AND GO VEGAN!! This is the only way to heal this planet, both environmentally and morally!! Planet Earth has been converted into one big slaughterhouse, where bloodshed is the moral norm!! Don’t talk about peace and democracy as long as you have a tortured animal on your plate! HYPOCRITES!!

  8. Maria Lavorato says:

    Fernando Clavijo Batlle, President of the Canary Islands

    THE WORLD DOES NOT NEED ANOTHER SENTIENT BEING TO EAT. ARE YOU REALLY THIS BARBARIC, BACKWARD AND DESPERATE FOR GAINS THAT YOU DON’T GIVE A DAMN WHAT THESE OCTOPUS WILL ENDURE. IF YOU DON’T HOPE IT ALL RECOILS ON YOU.

    If you allow this evil company Nueva Pescanova to proceed with the torture of octopus then you too are EVIL! …and evil befalls evil.

    STOP THIS NOW! DO NOT LET THE CANARY ISLANDS BE KNOWN FOR THIS PATHETIC INHUMANE SOULLESS PROJECT DIMMING WHATEVER GOOD YOU WILL DO!!!! This company is shrouded in lies and deceit all in the name of GREED. If you allow this to proceed….WHAT EVIL HAVE YOU BECOME!!!!!!!

  9. They talk of pythons, cats, and otherv creatures as being “invasive.” More people are now seeing Humans as the worst invasive species. Humans bring destruction everywhere they go. Unrivaled cruelty in the name of food, “sport,” or just feeling like it.

  10. goh maria says:

    Please shut down these cruel farms immediately, they have zero respect and care for the octopus except for money and profits for their own gains!

  11. Humans are the most dangerous and cruel species on our planet. Some of them are responsible for untold suffering, exploitation and death, and I’m grateful for these petitions that call for justice, and those who sign them and stand up for innocent victims and to demand better animal welfare laws.
    When I read about Nueva Pescanova’s plans, I thought wtf? Octopus are so gentle, so intelligent, they are a valuable part of the marine ecosystem, and vitally needed for marine health. I hope this insane business plan is stopped and any others like it, also stopped and outlawed.

  12. Nicole Davis says:

    WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING, YOU MANIACS!!
    EVIL, WICKED, VILE ACTIONS FROM YOU MUST GO PUNISHED.
    HOW DARE YOU DO THIS TO ANIMALS, HOW DARE YOU!!
    YOU SIGNED YOUR KARMA IN STONE WITH YOUR DIGUSTING INTENTIONS AND YOU WILL BE REPAID IN FULL. DOESNT MATTER ONE LITTLE BIT WHETHER YOU BELIEVE IN IT OR NOT…YOU WILL BE REPAID BY SOMETHING HIGHER THAN YOU CAN EVEN IMAGINE. IT IS THE LAW OF CAUSE AND EFFECT.
    YOU FOOLS, YOU DISGUST ME…GET OFF THIS PLANET…NOW.

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