Think differently – FISH CAN FEEL PAIN. This week’s post highlights something every sensible person knows, but mostly does not acknowledge – fish can feel. What these same people need to do is to act on this information; perhaps this will be the start of something good for them!
The Guardian, as it does so often, has an excellent article, by Carl Safina, titled “Are we wrong to assume fish can’t feel pain?” HERE
People love to feel superior by belittling those which are arrogantly and erroneously assumed to be inferior. Sylvia Earle, a preeminent oceanographer, turns things on their head: “The way I see it, some people have wondrous fish-like characteristics – they can think and feel!” Thinking differently is not so hard once you get started.
“Fish anatomy, neurochemistry and behaviour all indicate that fish experience sensations including wellbeing and pain.”
The article tries, in my opinion in a self serving manner, to minimize the evils associated with sport fishing: “recreational angling stress can be minimized using best-practice guidelines”. It would be better if it did not. A hook through your eyeball is always a hook through your eyeball even if done in a “best-practice” manner.
This article is full of fascinating information about fish and their abilities – everyone should read it.