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** Can Fish Feel Pain? Finally, An Answer **

Published: Jan 15, 2013, 7:47 AM EST Associated Press

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For years a fight has raged over whether angling is a cruel sport, and now
researchers have waded into the debate by claiming that fish cannot feel

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.

*(More Fishing Forecast)*

The research, conducted by a team of seven scientists and published in the
journal Fish and Fisheries, concluded that the fish’s reaction to being
hooked is in fact


can fish feel pain

Pain in fish - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


** Pain in fish **

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Hooked sailfish

Pain is a complex state, with a distinct perceptual quality but also
associated with suffering, which is an emotional state. Many people believe
that the only fully reliable way of determining the presence of pain is by
introspection.^[/clarification needed/] Because of this complexity, the
presence of pain in an animal, or another human for that matter, cannot be
determined unambiguously using observational methods, but the conclusion
that animals experience pain is often inferred on the basis of comparative
brain physiology and physical and behavioural reactions.^[1] Some
specialists currently believe that all higher vertebrates feel pain, and
that certain invertebrates, like the octopus, might too.^[2]^[3]

Animal protection advocates have raised concerns about the possible
suffering of fish caused by angling. In light of recent research, some
countries, like Germany, have banned specific types of fishing.


· 1 Background
· 2 Research findings

· 2.1 Behaviour
· 2.2 Neuroscience
· 2.3 Neuroanatomy

· 3 Laboratory fish
· 4 See also
· 5 Notes
· 6 Further references
· 7 External links


René Descartes
See also: Pain in animals

The idea that animals might not feel pain as human beings feel it traces
back to the 17th-century French philosopher, René Descartes, who argued
that animals do not experience pain and suffering, because they lack
consciousness.^[4]^[5]^[6]Bernard Rollin of Colorado State University, the
principal author of two U.S. federal laws regulating pain relief for
animals, writes that researchers remained unsure into the 1980s as to
whether animals experience pain, and veterinarians trained in the U.S.
before 1989 were simply taught to ignore animal pain.^[7] In his
interactions with


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