Fish feel pain just as we do, finds study

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Trends -

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.

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