Fish feel pain just as we do, finds study
Fish feel pain in a way that is similar to how humans experience it, according to a leading scientist in aquatic animal biology. A study led by Lynne Sneddon, an expert in animal biology, showed that fish can exhibit symptoms such as hyper-ventilating and long-term behavioural changes after a painful experience.
Scientists reviewed 98 studies on fish pain to come to the conclusion that the animals do feel pain in a comparable way to mammals.
“When the fish’s lips are given a painful stimulus they rub the mouth against the side of the tank much like we rub our toe when we stub it,” Sneddon said.
Sneddon added that said the results have “important implications” for how humans treat the animals.