I really don't know how to start this and I'm worried that if I phrase it the wrong way, it shan't go down well at all! I am a short fiction/vingette writer, as well as a University student, and I am working on a somewhat science fiction short story about, shock horror, an octopus! The piece, whilst examining the perils of gesellschaft, is also aimed at demonstrating the intelligence and beauty of the octopus, with strong the hope of deterring people from eating them and an encouragement to preserve their habitats etc. My goal is the promotion of, essentially, octopus welfare. This is where my post gets a bit tricky. Aside from researching different octopus types, their personalities, temperaments, intelligence and behaviour, I am also researching the mistreatment of octopus. This is not so that I can perpetuate it, but so that I have the correct information to write and campaign against it. I know that the forum guidelines state that "Anyone interested in the mistreatment of cephalopods is not welcome on TONMO.com", but I am truly looking for accurate information to help stop cruelty to cephalopods. I hope this complies with the forum guidelines and I apologise profusely if it doesn't. Anyway, it's nice to meet you all and I welcome any information you can give me to set me off on the right path.