What’s the best way to show fish have feelings? Dump them on national television! OR BETTER YET torture them!
Treehugger gives us a brief review of the new book, Do Fish Feel Pain? I didn’t read it because I’m busy watching CSI, but according to the site, author Victoria Braithwaite sets the record straight about fish and pain. As a fish-eater herself, she sees a double standard where birds and mammals are thought to be more sentient than our sea pals, but that’s not necessarily true. Sure, they aren’t super-cuddly like other animals but guess what, they don’t like being poisoned with bee venom—which she did.
They also discuss some tests being done to prove fish are smart and can learn. If you ever question that, simply head over to fish-school.com and watch fish PLAY SOCCER!
Treehugger ends on this note: “Sure, it may not come as too big of a surprise to learn that fish do have feelings after all, but now the evidence is definitive. So next time you’re out fishing, perhaps you should apologize before you let it go.”
For real! I feel like when you are young and first learn about fishing, it occurs to every single child that yeah, it MUST hurt when the hook goes into the fish’s lip! I just remember thinking about the fish they let go just have holes in their mouth and wondering if they heal or what. Every kid sees it because it just makes sense.
Even though I wish she didn’t eat fish, I’m kind of glad it’s a fish-eater exposing this truth. I’m so over meat-eaters lying to themselves to make them feel better about what they eat. Guess what, fish do feel pain and turkeys are smart. Deal with it.