Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Fishing Hurts

What say you?

Many people have never stopped to think about it, but fish are smart, interesting animals with their own unique personalities—just like the dogs and cats we share our homes with. Did you know that fish can learn to avoid nets by watching other fish in their group and that they can recognize individual "shoal mates"? Some fish gather information by eavesdropping on others, and some-such as a type of South African fish that lays eggs on leaves so that they can be carried to a safe place—even use tools.

Even if you're a fish-eater, like me, you should be honest about it. If you believe humans feel pain, and animals, why not fish?

And yes, insects, etc., too.


James said...

did you know that first, fish have no problem after release and return to normal habits, second, fish don't have the same nervous system as any thing else so it doesn't hurt them

shmooth said...

according to this page:

While it may seem obvious that fish are able to feel pain, like every other animal, some people still think of fish as swimming vegetables. In fact, regarding the ability to feel pain, fish are equal to dogs, cats, and all other animals. Dr. Donald Broom, scientific advisor to the British government, explains, “The scientific literature is quite clear. Anatomically, physiologically and biologically, the pain system in fish is virtually the same as in birds and animals."”

Steve said...

Look at the bright side. Considering that fish have an attention span of about 3 seconds (or less), it won't hurt for long. It will merely be new pain for short spans.

I think I'll go eat some shrimp.