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Do fish feel pain ?

Posted on Monday, 14 January, 2013 | Comment icon 95 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Some have argued that fishing is a cruel sport because it causes the fish pain, but how true is this ?

Researchers now believe that fish aren't actually capable of feeling pain because they lack the brain power for it. The fish's reaction to having a hook through its mouth is said to be subconscious and not a response to pain stimuli. Unlike in humans, the 'nociceptors' in a fish simply trigger an unconscious reaction to a threat as oppose to actual physical discomfort.

"Anglers care passionately about the protection of fish stocks and do more than any other group to protect and improve freshwater and marine environments," said Anglers' Trust head Mark Lloyd. "Modern fishing tackle and techniques mean that fish which are released have an excellent survival rate and if fish are to be eaten, then angling is by far the most sustainable way of catching them."

"A study has found that, even when caught on a hook and wriggling, the fish is impervious to pain because it does not have the necessary brain power."

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Comment icon #86 Posted by Myles on 21 January, 2013, 20:45
I really can't see the point of capturing something, putting it through a trauma just to look at it and put it back. Each to their own I guess. Didn't you catch lightning bugs when you were little?
Comment icon #87 Posted by Myles on 21 January, 2013, 20:57
They are highly sort after prize catch over here, on most carp lakes the regulars know the stock well, their size at the last catch, their feeding habits etc....the fish get better treatment then many of the fellas wives Really? Interesting. Are they eaten? Carp is not a very good fish to eat. Up and down the Mississippi there are bounties out on asian carp. I think as much as $1 each in some parts. The fish is ruining the river and connecting rivers as well as nearby lakes. Hopefully they go the way of the thylacine, but I don't see it ever happening.
Comment icon #88 Posted by Myles on 21 January, 2013, 20:58
Not so. It stops Hindus, Jains, Buddhsts and all the ethical vegans and vegetarians in the world. But they kill the plants.
Comment icon #89 Posted by Sweetpumper on 21 January, 2013, 20:59
skookum, on 14 January 2013 - 10:10 PM, said:I really can't see the point of capturing something, putting it through a trauma just to look at it and put it back. Each to their own I guess. We could ask our alien abductors what their point is.
Comment icon #90 Posted by Einsteinium on 21 January, 2013, 23:42
That's a false dichotomy. It's possible to be concerned about both. Yes it is possible to be concerned about both, but my point is that no matter how concerned you are if people are willing to kill and hurt other people, then logically people will keep on killing and hurting animals including fish. I never said anything about concern, my post was about how futile it is to hope that people will stop hurting and killing animals if people cannot even stop hurting and killing each other. That is just logic. We can be concerned all we want, but unless that concern translates into change of what use... [More]
Comment icon #91 Posted by White Unicorn on 22 January, 2013, 2:21
But they kill the plants. Didn't you ever hear of the Buddahists that don't even eat the root or seed of plants. Weird as it may seem some don't believe in killing the plants. We don't have to go this far just to say other living things also feel pain one way or the other! It is like believing I only feel my pain so when I hurt others it doesn't matter.
Comment icon #92 Posted by White Unicorn on 22 January, 2013, 2:41
Yes it is possible to be concerned about both, but my point is that no matter how concerned you are if people are willing to kill and hurt other people, then logically people will keep on killing and hurting animals including fish. I never said anything about concern, my post was about how futile it is to hope that people will stop hurting and killing animals if people cannot even stop hurting and killing each other. That is just logic. We can be concerned all we want, but unless that concern translates into change of what use is it? -Einsteinium You are so right ! But we can't give up hope to... [More]
Comment icon #93 Posted by pepper-steph on 22 January, 2013, 3:16
I think the late Kurt Cobain addressed this theory along time ago in Nirvanas song "Something in the way", with the line, "its ok to eat fish, as they don't have any feelings.........". Long live Kurt!
Comment icon #94 Posted by green_dude777 on 22 January, 2013, 19:21
Just something for everyone to ponder, as I keep seeing 'pain' projected onto other species the same as it is in human beings. I will liken the brain to a computer, more specifically RAM and cache memory. Your brain executes several processes all at once (RAM) and remembers past experiences (cache memory). The human brain is capable of more RAM and cache memory than any other known species. With this said, think of video game consoles (computers that were specified for game playing). We're a current console (Xbox 360, PS3), and the fish are an atari (in reality, for comparison, they're probabl... [More]
Comment icon #95 Posted by ad hoc on 27 January, 2013, 9:08
Just something for everyone to ponder, as I keep seeing 'pain' projected onto other species the same as it is in human beings. I will liken the brain to a computer, more specifically RAM and cache memory. Your brain executes several processes all at once (RAM) and remembers past experiences (cache memory). The human brain is capable of more RAM and cache memory than any other known species. With this said, think of video game consoles (computers that were specified for game playing). We're a current console (Xbox 360, PS3), and the fish are an atari (in reality, for comparison, they're probabl... [More]


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