Take Action to Stop Octopus Farming

Spanish multinational Nueva Pescanova recently announced plans to build Europe’s first octopus farm in Gran Canaria – help us stop them.

Global demand for octopus has been rising for decades¹. Coupled with increasing prices due to the depletion of octopus communities at sea² ³, animal agriculture industries have been keen to expand markets by farming these eight-armed geniuses on land.

Plant Based Treaty endorser Becca Franks, PhD, Research Scientist from the Department of Environmental Studies at New York University says, “Octopus farming is a reckless and backward idea that should never become a reality.”

Ecological and welfare disaster

Octopus are sentient and highly sensitive beings who will suffer immensely. Nueva Pescanova has ignored requests from Plant Based Treaty campaigners for details about the conditions the octopuses will be kept in, what they will eat or how they will be killed.

Just like other forms of carnivorous aquaculture, octopus farming will further deplete species of fish and marine ecosystems already in decline. Around a third of fish caught in the oceans is turned into animal feed, roughly half of which goes to fish farms. This is only set to increase with the introduction and expansion of octopus farms¹².

For every 3kg octopus killed for people to eat, at least 9kg of fish will have been torn from the oceans to sustain them¹¹.

Our Demands

Global ban

A global ban on octopus farms in line with R1: Relinquish of the Plant Based Treaty

End cruel experiments

Close the Nueva Pescanova research laboratory and halt plans to build a farm in Gran Canaria

Worldwide recognition 

A worldwide recognition and declaration of octopus sentience as has been done in the United Kingdom

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8 Fascinating Facts about Octopuses

 1. As the world’s most intelligent invertebrate with a large doughnut-shaped brain, octopuses also have eight mini brains in each of their arms and as many neurons as a dog.

2. Octopus are sensitive souls who experience both physical and emotional pain. They take measures to avoid painful situations and have been seen soothing and grooming their skin after having injections during laboratory experiments.

3. They have three hearts. Two hearts pump their blue blood through their gills to collect oxygen and their central heart circulates the oxygenated blood to the rest of their body. 

4. Speedy octopuses can travel at speeds of 27 mph.

5. Octopuses’ boneless bodies can change shape to squeeze through the smallest of gaps and even open jars from the inside.

6. Known to be the only invertebrate who uses tools, octopuses build dens out of discarded coconut shells, and have been seen defending themselves with rocks. 

7. Females have been observed throwing silt and objects at males that are harassing them.

8. Humans and octopuses had a common ancestor 560 million years ago, and according to evolutionary biologist Dr Jakob Vinther their ‘problem-solving abilities, playfulness and curiosity are very similar to those of humans.’