‘Octopus’ to Protest Animal Mutilation After Restaurant Exposé

PETA Will Call On Toronto-Area Restaurants to Stop Serving Live Sea Animals

For Immediate Release:
January 12, 2018

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

TorontoWhat:    On Saturday, a costumed “octopus” will lead PETA members in a protest outside Marado Sushi—one of at least five restaurants in the Toronto area where sea animals are butchered or served to diners while still alive and writhing—and call on passersby to join in urging the restaurant to remove the dishes from its menu.

When:    Saturday, January 13, 11:30 a.m.

Where:    Marado Sushi, at the northeast corner of Yonge Street and Glen Cameron Road, Thornhill

The protest comes after a new PETA exposé showed a live octopus at Marado Sushi being pulled from a tank, flung onto a cutting board, and hacked apart as the animal flailed and struggled. After chopping off each of the octopus’s tentacles—an act equivalent to chopping off a human’s limbs—the chef diced up the animal’s mantle, causing a slow, painful death.

“An octopus’ sophisticated nervous system means that these animals suffer in agony when chopped up alive,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA is calling on diners to stay away from any restaurant that butchers or serves up living, writhing animals.”

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way.”

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