Urge Costco to Stop Selling Octopus

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Octopus and their relatives (cuttlefish and squid) are unlike any other invertebrates in their unparalleled cognitive capacity and evolved nervous systems capable of experiencing human-like consciousness. Scientific evidence is showing more and more that these incredible creatures are far more compelling than we previously understood. 

The majority of neurons in an octopus are found in the arms, which can independently taste and touch and also control basic motions without input from the brain.

Octopus brains and vertebrate brains have no common anatomy but support a variety of similar features, including forms of short- and long-term memory, versions of sleep, and the capacities to recognize individual people and explore objects through play. It is even indicated that octopuses have vivid dreams that they respond to, as explored in the upcoming PBS documentary, Octopus: Making Contact.

These animals don’t belong chopped up and dismembered in a refrigerator aisle at Costco. They belong in the ocean. Sign if you agree.

Source: Adapted from Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea and the Deep Origins of Consciousness, by Peter Godfrey-Smith. Copyright © 2016 by Peter Godfrey-Smith. Published by arrangement with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC (U.S.), HarperCollins (U.K.)