The eating of live octopus dampens my mood. Generally speaking, I find animal deaths in cinema to be distracting, and rather depressing, frankly. That scene in Pink Flamingos when that dude rapes that chick... with a chicken in the mix, just puts me off. And the horse being shot, pushed down the stairs and stabbed, in Andrei Rublev, is gratuitous, and it ends up being all I think about for the next half hour while the film plays on. I know that horse was "rescued" from a slaughterhouse, but it just rubs me the wrong way. In Fast Food Nation, the slaughter of cows made sense, and seemed necessary in the story; that would be the one exception I can think of. I seem to remember Christian Bale biting into a live snake in Rescue Dawn. Surely that could have been easily accomplished with a fake snake, but I guess that would not have drawn the people into the theater. Fake snake in the mouth is straight to video. Deer Hunter, with deer being shot, I guess, is legal, and somewhat more humane than the other examples I provided. It goes on whether or not there is someone there to film it. I am ok with this, I think. I don't quite understand why some filmmakers want to show animals being slaughtered in their films. Does the audience have to take them more seriously if blood was spilled?