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Do Fish Feel Pain?

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Each year millions of fish are caught on barbed hooks or left to die by suffocation on the decks of fishing boats. But while there has been increasing interest in recent years in the welfare of mammals, fish are thought to be too different--too dim-witted, too cold-blooded, too simple--to merit our concern.
Here, biologist Victoria Braithwaite explores the question of fis
Hardcover, 194 pages
Published April 19th 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2010)
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Jun 28, 2010 Ian rated it liked it
The short answer is: yes.

And, of course, it takes a scientist several hundred pages to explain why that's the case, when it's pretty obvious that other creatures can and do feel pain.

The book had a good summary of the scientific experiments that have been done to show that fish feel pain, that they are capable of complex thought and even, to some degree, of self-awareness.

The book, however, stops short of wrestling meaningfully with questions that would challenge the status quo -- it asks how we
Nov 28, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it
I think there are two groups of people who would be interested in this book: (1) those who are interested in scientific research relating to sentience and the experiences of living creatures and (2) those motivated by a desire to end suffering. I think I am part of both groups.

For ease, I'm going to just list what I believe are the pros and cons of this book.

** It's accessible. Basically, it requires little knowledge in biology and it seems to be written at an eighth grade reading level.
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Mar 16, 2016 Trout Fisherman rated it really liked it
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The path is well-trodden, the title blunt, the content straight to the point. Be in no doubt, however, every angler needs to read this book.
With a PhD in animal behaviour, Victoria Braithwaite is Professor of Fisheries and Biology at America’s Penn State University and a visiting Professor of Biology at the University of Bergen in Norway.
She first crossed angling’s radar seven years ago when publishing a report on pain perception in trout. 'Do Fish Feel Pain?' takes the issue forward, recounting
Mark Skates
Apr 30, 2011 Mark Skates rated it liked it
Overall, I'm disappointed. The author goes into excruciating detail to convince the reader that fish can detect noxious stimuli. They can consciously analyze and react to their environment. But the author does not address the key question of is the pain that humans experience the same as the reactions that fish exhibit. The book has quite a bit of 'It seems that fish can do this so it seems reasonable that they can do that'. Since her research showed that fish did not react to an injection of ...more
Apr 27, 2012 Tomoaki rated it liked it
That's what we don't want to experience.
This book tells whether fish really feel pain according to the research conducted by author and other researchers and yes, they feel pain. It asks us a moral how we should deal with them, if they feel pain.
Jun 16, 2016 Ietrio rated it liked it
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Victoria Braithwaite is a cheat. With all personal credentials the author takes the easy way out: do fish feel pain? The question is about suffering and not about the simple reaction. And that is about ethics and not this long text to support one word: yes.
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Apr 17, 2012 Charlotte rated it really liked it
Surprising in a number of ways.
Guess what... the answer is YES, fish DO feel pain.
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