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Fish Do Feel Pain

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You may not hear them say "ouch," but fish feel pain just the same, according to a new book, Do Fish Feel Pain? by Victoria Braithwaite, a professor of fisheries and biology at Penn State. She argues that fish, like most other organisms, are capable of experiencing pain, and that humans can cause fish to suffer. She found that fish have the same kind of specialized nerve fibers that mammals and birds use to detect noxious stimuli, tissue damage and pain. She also explored whether fish are sentient beings, and whether an organism must possess "awareness" to experience pain....



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