Octopus farms. An association announces “a disaster”

Almost 130,000 tonnes of wild octopuses are eaten each year in Europe. Numerous breeding projects are therefore under development around the world. Corn a report of the CIWF association, which is dedicated to animal welfare land and sea breeding, denounces the living conditions in these structures, reports France Inter. It is entitled: “Raising octopuses, the disaster announced.”

Animals “solitary by nature”

” Those animals are lonely by nature, explains Léopoldine Charbonneaux, director of CIWF France on the radio. They are very curious, very intelligent, and they have a willingness to explore, a natural curiosity that makes them manipulate and control their environment. “ A way of life that would therefore not adapt well to captivity.

The report also highlights livestock-related issues such as “Cannibalism and dependence on the food of living species”. The small size of the cages can also be a problem for octopuses, which “Feel easily attacked by their fellows”, according to the association.

This little-known animal also has a nervous system ” very developed “. CIWF thus wonders about the possibility of killing them “Without suffering”.

Consumption on the rise

Finally, the octopus being carnivorous, farms use fish oils and meal to feed them. Gold, “Intensive farming is responsible for most of the overfishing in our threatened oceans. About 20 to 25% of the wild fish caught are used to produce fish meal and fish oil which make up the diet of carnivorous fish in cultivation ”, indicates the report.

The consumption of octopus has increased markedly in recent years. We consume eight times more than in the 1950s. China, Morocco, Mauritania, Japan and the European Union account for 76% of catches, indicates France Inter.

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