Harry from babe dot net says stop eating octopus, please
How would you like it someone ate you?
The argument for not eating regular delicious animals like pigs, chickens and steak is pretty obvious by now. You can kid yourself that it doesn't really matter, but you know deep down that eating animals isn't a morally justifiable position.
And yet somehow we think that eating octopuses, the slimy Einsteins of the sea, are fair game. Just because they have eight legs, look weird and jizz ink, people believe they won't mind being cooked and eaten, deep fried in batter, or grilled and then served with just a squeeze of lime and sweet chili sauce.
But that is an inhumane position — and like that Eastern European general who drank poison in court and died rather than go along with the rules, I will not stand for it.
This dece book called Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life by Peter Godfrey-Smith says the octopus is the closest thing we'll come to meeting an intelligent alien. And he's right! They've got huge brains with neurons in their arms, three hearts, their skin can sense light, and they're skinty escape artists who can get out of jars.
Just listen to this story about an octopus named Inky, who lived in a New Zealand aquarium, and escaped his tank by slurping down a drainpipe and slipping into the ocean.
"He slid across the floor during the night and squeezed his body through a narrow pipe leading to open waters.
"'He was very inquisitive and liked to push boundaries,' says Rob Yarrell, the manager of the National Aquarium of New Zealand.
"Yarrell and his team noticed Inky’s disappearance three months ago, and were able to figure out where their charge had disappeared overnight by following the wet trail he left behind. Inky had managed to move the lid to his enclosure, which he shared with another octopus."
What an icon. But the biggest clincher for me is that the octopus has feelings. "It’s possible to have an octopus care about you, to choose your company," said Sy Montgomery, the author of a book called Soul Of An Octopus. So I can't do it – not going to cook any more octopus, and neither should you. They're too good to eat.
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