Rabio the octopus was minding its own business in the waters off the coast of Japan last month when it was caught by fisherman Kimio Abe. Instead of eating the animal, he decided to have some fun and get famous by claiming Rabio could predict the outcome of World Cup games.Everything worked out the way Mr. Abe had planned: he and Rabio became instant celebrities.
Even if Rabio hadn’t been gifted with supposed sports clairvoyance, this is still a deeply disturbing tale. Octopuses are extremely intelligent, and each of their eight tentacles have a mind of their own. They can use tools, invent clever ways to avoid danger, and have even escaped from “high security” aquariums. To use such a smart, creative animal for entertainment and profit and then sell it off as meat is cruel and morbid.