We eat with our eyes first. Well, if that’s the case, then sink your eyes into this viral video of people overseas eating marine animals known as woodworms — you may just find yourself losing your appetite for “seafood.”
Like other animals more familiar to Americans, such as oysters and octopuses, woodworms (or shipworms) are mollusks—not worms at all. And while it may be easy to turn up your nose at the idea of eating a bivalve that was pulled, wriggling and writhing, from a piece of submerged wood on the other side of the world, if you knew what was happening to mollusks right here in the U.S., you’d be horrified.
Live-Animal Eating Exposed
Imagine being pulled from a tank, flung onto a table, and pinned down as your arms and legs are cut off. At restaurants across the U.S., octopuses—after enduring a harrowing shipment halfway around the world—are hacked apart and served as a Korean dish called sannakji (literally, “live octopus”).
In September 2016, PETA went inside restaurants in Los Angeles that mutilate and serve live animals. At T Equals Fish, PETA’s observers watched in horror as chefs held down an octopus and cut off her sensitive limbs with a butcher knife. The severed limbs, which continued moving and reacting to stimuli, were served, squirming, to diners. Kitchen staff explained that she’d be kept alive until another customer ordered the remaining limbs. According to the chef, after every last arm and leg had been cut off, he would kill her by ripping open her mantle and tearing out the intestinal contents.
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Give mollusks—and all animals—a break: Go vegan today!
There are plenty of reasons why people make the switch and go vegan—a desire to alleviate animal suffering, improve their personal health, or protect the environment. But if being grossed out by videos is the reason you decide to go vegan, that’s just fine by us, too. The more than 100 animals you’ll save every year by going vegan won’t care what your reason is, either.
Whether in your hometown or on vacation abroad, it’s always possible to make choices that help animals. If you’ve been wondering how to go vegan but don’t know where to get started, don’t worry. We’ve got all the tools and tips that you’ll need to make it a total breeze.