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Dinner Is Served … Still Writhing

Written by PETA | April 13, 2010

Octopus

Showing cruelty of gastronomical proportions, restaurants in Queens (Sik Gaek and East Seafood Restaurant) are chopping up and serving live octopuses to customers. Octopuses have their tentacles cut off while they are still conscious and are then served, writhing, while their hearts are still beating. Others are slowly steamed alive in front of customers before their tentacles and upper bodies are cut into small pieces with scissors.

Since we can’t “release the Kraken” on these animal abusers, we’re unleashing our legal team on the district attorney—calling on the DAs to file cruelty charges against the restaurants. Because octopuses have sophisticated nervous systems and feel pain just as acutely as mammals do, we feel that the restaurants’ practices clearly violate the state’s anti-cruelty statute.

Recently, octopuses were observed carrying around coconut shells to use as shelter—making these complex cephalopods the first known invertebrate animals to use tools. These “deep” thinkers are also fond of decorating. They decorate their dens with bottle caps, stones, and other objects that they find on the ocean floor. They are so smart that they can also learn how to do things such as unscrew jars by watching someone else do it—once!

Let’s hope that the district attorney in this case is just as smart and sentient. You can call or fax the Queens County District Attorney’s Office and politely ask that they take action against these restaurateurs. We’ll keep you posted. Until then, take this octopus-inspired poll.

Written by Amy Skylark Elizabeth

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  • Marcia says:

    This is disgusting. We need to send one big messageculture is not an excuse for brutal behavior. This is America and customs like this do not belong here.

  • Shubra Sachdev says:

    Stop Animal Cruelty !!

  • Ashan Munasinghe says:

    The world is better off with out humans

  • Rui Viegas says:

    Where is your sense of decency? GOD forgive us!

  • Rui Viegas says:

    As a species we are fundamentally insane but this takes the cake!

  • Laura Blanchette says:

    This needs to end. There is no nice way to say it. I don’t care what religion or what tradition or how much money you are making…..IT IS SIMPLY WRONG!!! People who have the authority need to stop this barbaric crime.

  • gitane says:

    stop that! STOP!

  • John says:

    It is behavior like this that confirms my position that I have lost just about all faith in the human race. Consume destroy torture and litter all to maintain “culture” or “way of life”. I sincerely hope that in the end everyone will be brought to justice for the atrocities they have committed and that the animals who suffered so greatly will find peace.

  • josiane dalcourt says:

    PLEASE! respect LIFE and stop torturing any animal. Thank you for your understanding and love for all that surround us. If you treat them well you’ll get more from them even when dead but honorable death. Josiane Dalcourt

  • Deborah Beck says:

    Please stop this barbaric cooking method. There must be a more humane alternative that you can use.

  • Sandra says:

    Please have compassion poor creatures they are equal and feel pain just like humans I believe in karma for those certain people they don’t deserve to live at all.

  • tatiana says:

    I beg all the relevant authorities to stom this highly primitive and cruel treatment of alive beings tatiana

  • venuluxmy says:

    any i feel like crying …how can i help these creatures to save thier lives ?? y dont these peple have a heart ?? is it a must that earning money puting the creatures in pain ?? god y cant u c wat is happening to the animals ?? plz punish the people who r doing it and plz save them …people if you all guys c any thing like this any where near your place or any where you know ..plz do inform it to the relavant department and asave their lifes from the cruel people…

  • lorena gonzalez rousseau says:

    to the all stupid restaurant owners and cheffs you are going to suffer the same you do to this lovely animals you are devils and killersthis are your new names and take care of your families it happen the same to them cause you dont have feelings you only think about money and to all the people who asist to your shet restaurants are killers to stop do it now all the animals defenders demand you we will send a letter and do manifestations till tehe goverment revoce the license you have killers killers killers stupid killers dont you think in your family?. killers

  • Jatin says:

    These cruel and insensitive peoples have to experience pain thousand times stronger than they are inflicting on these helpless creatures…. This is what every religion in this world says.

  • Michelle says:

    MEAN CRUEL AND HEARTLESS PEOPLE SUCK! THEY SHOULD SUFFER THE SAME CONSEQUENCES THEY PUT THESE ANIMALS THROUGH!!

  • Mariângela Rus says:

    i just can’t see no difference between these octpuses and cats or dogs. they all suffer the same pain feel the same agony. poor of us rational and heartless people

  • Manuela Marsala says:

    Stop this cruelty !

  • andres says:

    stop with this SSSTTTOOOPPP

  • betsy thomson says:

    just stop it!!

  • Susan says:

    STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT

  • Raghu Rao says:

    It is indeed true that if animals have the notion of a “devil” it must be have a human form !!! Pray God to stop this torture. Regards SVK

  • tawnia says:

    VERY SICK !!! just remember you will have to answer to someone in the end !!!! and how will you do that !!!

  • Ashley M. says:

    that is disgusting. If living things are going to be consumed it needs to be done with respect to the animal.

  • Erin says:

    SICK. Sick sick sick. I just “yelp”ed this restaurant and the majority of the comments made my mouth gape. Let’s see these people go to a chicken restaurant and watch the wings be cut off before they chow down on the still writhing limbs. God society really makes me sick sometimes. Shame on anyone and everyone who has ever visited or will visit this restaurant. Ugh ugh ugh. SICK.

  • karen cohn says:

    Stop this Asian restaurant from serving live animals. It needs to be removed from the menu ASAP.

  • Vivien Green says:

    How anybody could sit and watch these poor creatures as they die a slow and painful death. These people must have been born with a part of their brain missing. How could anybody eat after witnessing this sadistic behaviour. There seems no depths that humans will sink to to gratify there endless greed. These restaurants should be prosecuted.

  • Annochka says:

    I just cannot believe this

  • cinthya says:

    i so the video how could they be so mean. the poor octopus was fighting to be in the surface and dont touch the hot water. they have to stop.

  • Leah says:

    Thats horrible….why do people do this?….better yet how can people do this? I wish people would just treat animals better…poor things

  • Marcia says:

    I’m concerned that the restaurants will use the excuse of “culture” to demand doing business as usual. We need to let people of every culture including the dog fighting enthusiasts in this country know that some cultural practices are inexcusable and unacceptable no matter where they occur. Don’t let this kind of thing continue here.

  • wietel says:

    Why can’t they treat animals how you want to be treated. they might be a bit more conscious of your own actions and consequences. Like to hurt a living being just try it on yourself. It ‘s fun for you and not so damaging for others.

  • Elke Matzek says:

    There must be something seriously wrong with people who do this and enjoy it! Makes one ashamed to be a member of the human race! These sick individuals should all be sent to an island with a bunch of cannibals and see how they enjoy having their arms and legs cut off or being cooked alive!

  • Whitney K says:

    Seriously..what kind of joy are these people getting from serving such cruelty? PLEASE STOP BEING IMMATURE AND DOING THIS! How would you feel if it was your toes being cut off in public for food?? STOP!

  • Jaudona Harrelson says:

    Every time I think of the most horriable inhumane Way people have found to kill an animal there is news of something like this .My God do they have no feelings for other living things. Poor lobsters and crabs have been tortured to death like this for years . Will it ever end ?

  • Samantha says:

    That is so messed up! The octopus is one of my favorite animals. People talk about how highly evolved and sophisticated humans are. They say animals are barbaric but look who is the barbaric ones now! Those people are sick…laughing about it trying to crawl away to safety. Im pissed.

  • Linda Hewitt says:

    There are other ways to make money that are not at the cost of torturing animals. Please consider ending this practice of serving things that are living and suffering as a novelty that may amuse some…to be entertained at the suffering of another is demonistic.

  • carolyn says:

    THE SAD PART IS THE PEOPLE WHO THINK IT IS FUNNY. THEY ARE SO PSYCHOTIC IN THAT THEY TALK ABOUT “IT” LIKE A LIVING THINGS WITH NEEDS AND WISHES AND INTENT AND THEN FIND IT FUNNY AND CANNOT EVEN IMAGINE THAT IT IS IN PAIN IN THE BOILING TORTURE. THESE PEOPLE ARE SADLY BLINDLY FOLLOWING CUSTOM AND NOT AWAKE ENOUGH TO EVEN THINK ABOUT WHAT THEY DO EACH DAY. FOLLOWERS ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ALLOW AND SUPPORT CRUELTY OF ALL FORMS TO ALL HUMAND AND ANIMALS. THEY ARE THE ONES TO FEAR AS WITHOUT FOLLOWERS THE SICK WOULD HAVE NO POWER. SAD THAT SO MANY OF THE “HIGHER ANIMALS” HUMANS” ARE SO UNEVOLVED.

  • lisa harrison says:

    Please. Stop. Doing. This. It’s heartbreaking. Peta I love you. xx

  • Joan Wikler says:

    I don’t know where to begin. I don’t understand why anyone would think these practices are all right. Torture is torture regardless of species and there is never any justification for it. It must be stopped. Period.

  • Emily Nichols says:

    I am ashamed to share this planet with such evil and vile people but unfortunately we do and by doing so we can only teach others of their diseased minds because anyone who is remotely human and with half decent human emotion would never be able to eat and know what they are doing to these diverse and beautiful creatures that we were so kindly given by god only for the likes of these people to abuse and torture all in the so called name of ‘fine dining.’

  • Sheila Warren says:

    Please help eliminate the senseless cruelty of cephalopods in restaurants. All of this in the name of food? There is no reason why it cannot be stopped immediately. There is certainly no reason for it to continue.

  • Andrea Turner says:

    Is there ANYTHING “people” and I use the term loosely won’t do to a living creature? It’s vile and needs to be put to an end immediately.

  • Kathy says:

    Wow. Are you kidding me? Is there anything humans WON’T eat? This is horrible and cruel.

  • Nikki says:

    This is so messed up and cruel why make them suffer?! i don’t know how anybody can eat that i almost puked while reading this!

  • Cat! =^-^= says:

    Absolutely stomachturning. How dare they insult fine dining with these kind of atrocities. I think anyone who indulges in these activities needs to get their head checked if they are so desensitized to watching a living breathing creature suffer who knows what’s next? After all it’s been proven in several studies and cases cruelty to animals RARELY if ever stops at just the animal. Just ask Jeffrey Dahlmer.

  • Troller says:

    jamie sunderland Well the chefs would doublessly feel the pain if you had your way but what happenes after? Don’t you think that they would want you to feel the smae pain? Would they be wrong to want you to feel it as well? Then what happened if they had thier way too? See what happens? I would encourage you to withold such naive and useless comments constructive criticism not fighting words.

  • jamie sunderland says:

    OMG that is disgusting. How cruel and barbaric how can people do such a thing. I do not eat seafood of any kind. This has to stop perhaps we should cut the finger tips off these so called “chefs” while they are wide awake and see how much they like pain sick bastards

  • Nick J Davis says:

    Poor babies. It isn’t right. What’s wrong with these Asian food places? I mean we all see a trend here? Is thee any live sentient safe from them? Come on for god sakes ug the humanity of it all! You can see all sorts of this stuff live on You tube it’s very disturbing an dis usually the same type of people doing it usually. Poor animals I know of one mammal that needs taking down quite a few pegs and that’s human kind! Nick

  • Brien Comerford says:

    this is ungodly food for malevolent human reprobates.

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