LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Animal rights activists are petitioning California lawmakers to prohibit restaurants from serving live octopus, shrimp and other marine life.

PETA released the petition on Tuesday, along with a video of an octopus writhing as its limbs are severed by a chef at T Equals Fish, a Koreatown sushi restaurant.

About a dozen restaurants in California and New York serve live octopus, according to PETA. Live octopus is most commonly used in a dish comprised of moving octopus tentacles, called “sannakji,” PETA said.

PETA says octopuses, which are considered among the most intelligent invertebrates, are capable of feeling pain just as a pig or rabbit would.

“Octopuses have sophisticated nervous systems that are rich with pain receptors, so they suffer immensely for a diner’s fleeting taste experience,” PETA vice president of cruelty investigations Daphna Nachminovitch said in a statement. “PETA is calling for an end to this disgusting, uncivilized, grossly inhumane, and gruesome practice of hacking up and serving live, sensitive animals.”

T Equals Fish could not immediately be reached for comment.

Comments (4)
  1. Paula Renee says:

    It’s bad enough that humans eat all manner of dead animals—now we have to eat live ones too? Please never patronize a restaurant that includes live-animal dishes on the menu, and tell the manager why!

  2. So revolting. I hope California acts quickly to stop this abomination.

  3. Kim Marie says:

    I completely agree, which is why I’ll never give my business to any establishment that serves live-animal dishes.

  4. This is so sick and twisted and wrong. Octopuses are fascinating animals. To cut them up while they are alive and eat their wiggling body parts … it’s downright sociopathic.

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