Wednesday, August 12, 2009

How does one anesthetize a mollusk?

Here is another interesting fact I learned today. It is about animal cruelty laws and mollusks.

Octopus Law:

In some countries, octopuses are on the list of experimental animals on which surgery may not be performed without anesthesia. In the UK, cephalopods such as octopuses are regarded as honorary vertebrates under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and other cruelty to animals legislation, extending to them protections not normally afforded to invertebrates.


The Source: Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, UK.

1 comment:

Remus Thirty said...

They can learn observationally! The octopus is really a fascinating creature, there's videos of them learning how to open jars with marine invertebrates (crabs? shrimp?) that they find tasty inside by watching other ones open the jars first.