Comparative approach to pain perception in fishes

Commentary on Key on Fish Pain

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Abstract

Arguments against the fact that fish feel pain repeatedly appear even in the face of growing evidence that they do. The standards used to judge pain perception keep moving as the hurdles are repeatedly cleared by novel research findings. There is undoubtedly a vested commercial interest in proving that fish do not feel pain, so the topic has a half-life well past its due date. Key (2016) reiterates previous perspectives on this topic characterised by a black-or-white view that is based on the proposed role of the human cortex in pain perception. I argue that this is incongruent with our understanding of evolutionary processes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalAnimal sentience
Volume1
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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