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Octopus farms raise huge animal welfare concerns - and they’re unsustainable too

Schnell, Alexandra K., Browning, Heather ORCID: 0000-0003-1554-7052 and Birch, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0001-7517-4759 (2022) Octopus farms raise huge animal welfare concerns - and they’re unsustainable too. The Conversation (24 Mar 2022). Blog Entry.

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When you imagine an octopus’s world, you might well see a curious creature in a complex undersea environment. Yet the reality of life for some octopuses is existence within a barren tank, inescapably surrounded by humans and other octopuses. This is the bleak world of octopus farming – and soon there could be new commercial farms on the horizon. Recently a Spanish company announced its intention to open a new industrial octopus farm, with a goal of producing 3,000 tonnes of octopus a year. This raises huge concerns for animal welfare – because there can be no doubt that octopuses are complex and intelligent animals.

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Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: CPNSS
Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > Q Science (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2022 09:54
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 11:29

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