Skip to comments.Fish May Actually Feel Pain And React To It Much Like Humans
Posted on 04/30/2009 4:34:19 PM PDT by JoeProBono
Fish don't make noises or contort their faces to show that it hurts when hooks are pulled from their mouths, but a Purdue University researcher believes they feel that pain all the same. Joseph Garner, an assistant professor of animal sciences, helped develop a test that found goldfish do feel pain, and their reactions to it are much like that of humans. "There has been an effort by some to argue that a fish's response to a noxious stimuli is merely a reflexive action, but that it didn't really feel pain,"
Garner said. "We wanted to see if fish responded to potentially painful stimuli in a reflexive way or a more clever way." Garner and Janicke Nordgreen, a doctoral student in the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, attached small foil heaters to the goldfish and slowly increased the temperature. The heaters were designed with sensors and safeguards that shut off the heaters to prevent any physical damage to a fish's tissue. Half of the fish were injected with morphine, and the others received saline. The researchers believed that those with the morphine would be able to withstand higher temperatures before reacting if they actually felt the pain. However, both groups of fish showed a response at about the same temperature.
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Well, then I thank them for their sacrifice to my BBQ.
I smell PETA
I pretty much get over the guilt by the time that light breading starts to brown.
What an unbelievably bogus conclusion. Response to temp diff in a fish and response to pain in a mammal are absurdly different.
I’m pretty much get over the guilt by the time that light breading starts to brown.
Elaine: These fish are dying! They're gasping for oxygen right now! They'll be floating in an hour.
PETA says we should call fish ‘sea kittens’ so as to discourage us from eating them. Maybe we should call crabs sea ticks. Just a thought.
Ba fungu, PETA!
just cause it doesn't scream bloody murder while it's being gutted alive doesn't mean it doesn't feel it, all God's creatures feel pain...
“PETA Pants Pals”
That is the best one I’ve heard all day!
I will not negotiate with a fish without preconditions.
Oh great, now ZerObama’s coming after the fishermen. Now, when you pull a hooked fish up in the air, it will be known as “air-boarding” and you will have to testify before Congress.
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