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Help World Cup’s MVO Get Home

Written by PETA | July 12, 2010

 

As soccer fans all over the world are packing up their vuvuzelas, PETA Germany is petitioning for the retirement and release of Paul the prophetic octopus, who correctly chose the winners in eight match-ups, including Spain’s win yesterday over the Netherlands. No one deserves to spend an entire life locked in a glass box, but if that’s not reason enough to release Paul, here’s a short list that should help PETA Germany make the case:

  1. Octopuses are great problem-solvers and have been shown to be the coconut-carrying geniuses of the sea. Would you keep Einstein in a cage?
  2. In the wild, Paul would have the opportunity to show off his interior decorating skills. Octopuses have been known to collect shiny ornaments that they find on the sea floor and place them around their homes.
  3. Paul could finally sleep. Octopuses like to siesta, and they might even dream, but it’s hard to take a nap when people are pounding on your bedroom walls and shouting at you all day long.

Caring soccer and animal fans from all over the world would certainly celebrate the release of the World Cup’s Most Valuable Octopus from his tiny, unnatural confines at the Sea Life center in Oberhausen. PETA Germany promises a vuvuzela-free celebration.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Donna says:

    This is absurd. Please respect this incredible creature’s life and let him rejoin the wild of course make sure he can live in the wild before you turn your back on him. A creature this intelligent should be honored. Throw yourself in a tiny cage and see what it does to your mind! The mere fact that this creature continues to “perform” intelligently should make us all bow to him. When will all living creatures be treated equally? When will we all realize that man is not superior…that just because other species cannot speak our language this does not make them inferior? Can we speak THEIR language? We see interspecies that should be enemies grow nuturing bonds together hmm have we learned this yet? slowly we are learning that animals are very intelligent and can teach us what we fail to understand because of our narrowmindedness. Free the octopus! Good karma will come back to you.

  • ralph says:

    Mina you need to understand a basic fact of life not all animals can be retrained to go out into the wild and some such as Octopi have trouble adjusting to the differences in PH and salinity of water. I have a brain unfortunately people seem to think that common sense has flown the coop.

  • troller says:

    DO NOT SENTENCE PAUL TO DEATH Or would you rather Pulpo Paul be the next meal of a shark or worse… Would you release someone with no experience into the wild to fend for themselves? If you would then that is truly cruel. Unless you can guarantee Paul’s survival you will fail.

  • Marina says:

    I agree he should be retired! His caretakers are supposed to know wether he can survive in the wild or not. Anyhow he should have a wonderful home much space quietness and sparkling little things for him to decorate his new home ! IN ADDITION I WANT TO PUT MY ONLY THOUGHT AFTER CELEBRATING SPAIN’S WELL DESERVED VICTORY YOU PEOPLE SHOWED THE WORLD HOW GREAT YOU ARE IN SPORTS LIKE SOCCER TENNIS! PLEASE TERMINATE THE BULLFIGHTING AT ONCE!!! PETA SHOWED US CHARO’S WONDERFUL EFFORT LET’S JOIN HER AND MANY OTHERS WHO ARE GOING TO WIN THIS PACIFIC BATTLE AGAINST ONE OF THE MORE HORRIFIC “AMUSEMENT” “SPORT” EVER. DEDICATE THE CUP TO THE BULLS!

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    I used to think waiting for Phil the groundhog to see his shadow was the dumbest thing on the planet but that has now been replaced. I hope a nice safe home is found for Paul so he can have some semblance of a normal Octopus life.

  • Nara says:

    Free Paul please I don’t belive that the businessman will treat him like a pet. He surely must be released into the ocean!

  • soulaf says:

    i heard on the news that there’s this businessman who wants to buy Paul.he’s willing to pay a lot of money for him so that Paul predicts the results of his fav.team! if it’s better for Paul to be with this man in terms of care and all i would love it.buti hope in case Paul predicts the loss of this man’s team that he wouldn’t kill him or eat him!!!!!…i really hope that he takes care of him as a pet…i don’t know if Paul manages to live freely in the ocean as someone just mentioned above.if so then that will be the greater solution…i just wish him to be happy…

  • tarana khanna says:

    Has Paul the Octopus always been in captivity?…If yes then were he to be released into the oceanwould he have the survival skills needed to thrive in that environment? If not then he should be because he would still instinctively remember being in that habitat… Either way Paul definitely needs to have a more spacious accomodation..Bearing in mind that all octupii are very intelligent creatures and in his present small enclosure I fear that he is uninmaginably bored and dare I say depressed too..

  • Adam Rinkleff says:

    Yah honestly if you released him into the ocean he would probably be dead within a matter of days. I try to support PETA but you guys need to at least try and be realistic.

  • Belle says:

    I’m with Robert on this one who wrote “free Paul!! Why don’t you give him two pictures?! One of a glass house he lives in now and one of the great ocean where he belongs!! What would he pick?! I think I know the answer!”

  • Anna Virgini says:

    Free Paul!It doesn’t deserve to be locked in such small place such intelligent octopusno it doesn’t deserve this freedom to all living creature!!!

  • Kalyan says:

    My heart breaks when I see birds in tiny cages at people’s houses. Caging birds should be banned in any civilized country. Wish more people were in agreement. Same goes for fishes and definitely Paul. Every living being deserves freedom from a cow in a feeding lot to a tiny goldfish in that small tank. I am a vegetarian so I don’t feel like a hypocrite saying the above.

  • Mina says:

    ralph they could teach him how to survive in the wild and then release him. you need to have a brain.

  • awe says:

    Let Paul be safe and happyhis work was amazing.

  • Annabel says:

    FREE PAUL PLEASE!!

  • lara says:

    If Paul is freed then he would probably DIE! IF you want to make his life comfortable its probably best he stays there OR move him to a much bigger area away from the public. In other wordsretire him. This way he could live out what little time he has left in peace.

  • Paul says:

    let Paul choose put to boxes “free me” “release me”

  • Lisa Mowling says:

    All wild creatures should live in the wild. They are not for human pleasure please release him!

  • ralph says:

    Um… he’s been naturalized to live in a glass box. You don’t want to release him it’d be crueler. Sure go and blame the pub for putting him in there but don’t punish the octopus by saying he needs to be released where he won’t adapt and survive.

  • Nikkie says:

    Librez paul le Poulpe!

  • Aleksandra Åšcibior says:

    Poor Paul

  • Irlanda says:

    I’m in! Free Paul! D