Sunday, 12 May 2019

Should Intelligence Get in the Way of Making Money?

Concerns have been raised about plans to 'farm' octopus species for human consumption, as is currently done for fish (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/12/octopus-farming-unethical-and-threat-to-food-chain). The octopus is a mollusc and, lacking a backbone, receives minimal welfare protection (only one species, Octopus vulgaris, is protected along with rats and mice in animal experimentation). The octopus has, however, a relatively large brain and tests have revealed their relative intelligence. It seems likely that these animals would 'suffer' under fish farming conditions (being crowded into a relatively featureless environment and supplied with food but minimal stimulation).

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