Watch: Octopus Stabbed and Eaten ALIVE

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Posted January 12, 2016 by Bridget Dillon

Slaughtering animals for food is bad enough, but eating them while they’re still alive? That sounds like the plot of a horror movie. In this disturbing video, a live octopus is pinned on a grill and stabbed repeatedly by diners, who appear to carry on a conversation and even laugh as the animal struggles for his or her life. The diners hold down the animal’s tentacles on the hot surface, and one person digs his hand into the octopus’s head, tearing it open.

Regardless of species, cutting into live animals and eating them is just plain cruel.

Dr. Jennifer Mather, an expert on cephalopods and a psychology professor at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, says the following:

[T]he octopus, which you’ve been chopping to pieces, is feeling pain every time you do it. It’s just as painful as if it were a hog, a fish, or a rabbit, if you chopped a rabbit’s leg off piece by piece. So it’s a barbaric thing to do to the animal.

In this video, diners laugh as a small octopus tries to get away:

In another video, an animal is repeatedly dropped and slammed to the ground, causing even more suffering before he or she is ultimately eaten:

Octopuses are extremely intelligent, resourceful, and individual beings who deserve to enjoy the vastness of their ocean home. Some species cuddle with each other, while others have been known to bond with humans. They use tools, are masterful escape artists, and can pass personality traits on to their offspring.

And like all animals, they don’t want to die.

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    I am Korean and I see stuff like this every time my parents drag me with them to a fish market. People take living fish out of tanks and skin and clean them to make fresh sushi. It is just so cruel and inhumane, and the people doing it don’t even seem to care about the pain the living, feeling fish are going through. After seeing this done one day, I told my mom I wasn’t going to eat sushi any more and I have been able to go without having to kill anything so inhumanely like that for years(my mom has threatened to kick me out of the family every time I brought up the subject of my going vegan, so sadly, I’m not a vegan…yet). Unfortunately, my country has a long way to go…I am ashamed to say that many people consider frying living eels, those living things squirming creatures in pain on the grill, delicacies and enjoy eating them…

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    Ew. These people aren’t listening to their 5 senses;
    Eyes see that it’s a living being.
    Ears hear it wiggling around and the ohs and omgs of the od behavior
    Hands to feel the slimy, moving object and a mouth to feel the wiggling
    Taste the salty slime of a corpse– tasteless really
    Smell the beautiful sea creatures scent for your kill it and look like a killer
    Eat a lot of those and your a serial.
    Lastly, use you conscious to know that this is wrong.

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