There are plenty of things that seem odd to the "western eye" lying about in Chinatown markets. I think dried octopi difinately count.
Who the hell am I to criticize if the wholesale slaughter and sun-drying of a creature smarter than your average dog occurs? I mean, these were obviously babies, so they weren't very smart yet -- or at least that was part of Mr. Swift's very modest proposal. Only, in sharp contrast to the people of the world, they are not populating themselves out of control.
A girl wonders what is a universal right/wrong and what is cultural elitism. Who the hell am I to say?