Stop Cutting Up and Serving Live Animals

Target: Head of Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Goal: Enforce the current laws which prohibit cutting up and eating live octopus.

Two Canadian restaurants, Gal’s Sushi and Marado Sushi, are currently serving a Korean dish called “sannakji” which translates into wriggling octopus. Unfortunately, the dish is as cruel as it sounds. Octopus are cut up alive and then served while their mutilated tentacles still move.

According to cephalopod experts, there is no doubt that octopus can feel pain. In fact, many believe octopus can anticipate and remember painful situations as well. Dubbed the “primates of the sea,” octopus are incredibly intelligent and feel each time their tentacles are severed.

Sign this petition and demand the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) enforce the laws that protect octopus from this cruelty. Reportedly, the restaurants have been informed of this law but continue to serve the dish.


Dear Head of Ontario SPCA,

It recently came to my attention that two Toronto restaurants, Gal’s Sushi and Marado Sushi, are serving dishes which consist of cut up, living octopus. Octopus, also called the “primates of the sea,” are incredibly intelligent animals and are protected by Ontario’s cruelty to animals legislation.

According to scientists, there is no doubt that octopus feel pain. At these sushi restaurants, octopus are taken right from the tank and chopped into pieces bit by bit. Typically, chefs will go from the bottom of the tentacle to the top, so the octopus can feel every hack in their flesh. The tentacles are still moving when the dish is served as each tentacle in an octopus has its own series of neurons that serve as a brain.

Reportedly, the restaurants have been informed of the current laws, but are continuing to serve this dish. Please take a stand for these octopus and enforce the current laws that protect these amazing animals. This cruelty should not be allowed to continue.


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Photo credit: Sylke Rohrlach

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  1. This is disgraceful animal abuse.Fine them and shut their businesses down.I also advocate decapitating these vile bastards piece by piece whilst they are still alive.An eye for an eye!

  2. DISGUSTING & SHAM TO CANADA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. How revolting and cruel – some people will do anything to make money – should cut them up and feed them live to someone and see how it feels – this should not be allowed in a civiled country like Canada

  4. Jaime Perez says:

    This is a horrible practice that needs to be stopped now. And how disgusting can people be, eating this? These restaurants should be shutdown now.

  5. Cynthia Lynn says:

    The restaurants are Korean, South. If these sick people can farm dogs for their meat should we be surprised by this? Also, if the Canadian government condones the clubbing to death of baby seal in front of their mothers for their white fur, well think about it.

    • I agree with you Cynthia Lynn. I am Canadian and I am disgusted by the immense cruelty that our Canadian government supports, along with ‘too many’ fellow Canadians. I am looking forward to the day that Canada hopefully gets civilized and stop being barbarians!!! I’m hoping for bans on rodeos, all hunting, and killing of seals, trapping, vivisection, fur farms, dog and cat milling, horse racing, etc. etc. In other words no more exploitation of any animals in any way. It is all so wrong and disgusting!!!!

  6. Lisa Allred Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared 😡

  7. Cut the fuckers who do this to animals what’s wrong with the world . How would they like to be cut up alive do it to them see how they like it. Cruel bastards.

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