Stop Canada Restaurants Butchering & Serving Live Animals!

On the heels of our groundbreaking investigation into restaurants in New York City and Los Angeles that serve live animals, PETA has revealed that live octopuses and other sea animals are also being butchered and served to diners in Canadian restaurants such as Marado Sushi and Gal's Sushi in Toronto in a dish called "sannakji."

When it comes to experiencing pain, the science is clear: As cephalopod expert Dr. Jennifer Mather explains, octopuses "can anticipate a painful, difficult, stressful situation—they can remember it. There is absolutely no doubt that they feel pain." Octopuses are so intelligent that they're often referred to as "primates of the sea," and like orangutans and chimpanzees, they use tools.

PETA filed a complaint with the Ontario SPCA, which agreed that octopuses are protected by cruelty-to-animals legislation and promptly informed Marado Sushi of the law. This is perhaps the first time that cruelty-to-animals legislation has ever been used to protect octopuses in North American restaurants and is a significant benchmark in the protection of invertebrates.

However, Marado Sushi continues to serve sannakji by chopping the heads off live octopuses before dicing up their limbs—which likely doesn't destroy their brains and organs and could result in continued suffering—and other Toronto-area restaurants continue to serve sannakji.

We need your help to convince Marado Sushi, Gal's Sushi, and others that live animals do not belong on menus or plates. Please sign the petition today!
Subject: Please Stop Butchering and Serving Live Animals


With all due respect, I was disgusted to learn that your restaurant butchers live animals—simply for the sake of diners' entertainment. Please end this awful practice now.

When it comes to the ability of invertebrates such as octopuses, shrimp, and lobsters to feel pain, the science is irrefutable. Like pigs, dogs, and humans, these animals have well-developed nervous systems, try to escape painful stimuli, and nurse their wounds—in other words, they fulfill the criteria for experiencing pain.

Please, stop putting animals through the excruciatingly painful ordeal of being butchered alive and ban all live-animal dishes from your establishment immediately.

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