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Re: article on fish pain
- To: Aquatic Plants Digest <Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com>
- Subject: Re: article on fish pain
- From: Chuck H <grendel at usit_net>
- Date: Thu, 01 May 2003 13:22:48 -0400
Kind of interesting that people wondered if fish feel
pain. Seems like it would be tough to survive if you
couldn't recognize dangerous, noxious stimuli.
I would expect a variety of organisms, even some of very basic ones, to
respond in some way to a chemical stimulus like a bee's toxin. I wonder
why only "some" of the fish displayed a "rocking" motion and not all of
them. What does "rocking" mean anyway, and what does it prove? This seems
like very poor science to me. The question is interesting, but this
experiment doesn't answer much that I can see. Hard to tell from a blurb
on a news page, though.
Of course we all know that fish can be stressed. And
of course, the PETA crowd is all over this.
But I noticed they weren't concerned about the bees which probably lost
their lives in the experiment. Don't bees have rights? As far as I can
see, PETA is more concerned about donations and self righteous, reactionary
politics than animals. Fortunately, their tendencies toward the absurd
push them ever closer to total irrelevancy. Extremism accomplishes little.
first, we might be next.
Nah. This study sounds inconclusive at best. One might even suspect it's
purpose was just to counter the conclusion of the studies conducted by the
scientist in Wisconsin or wherever, which certainly does not favor the
stance of animal rights activists.
PS: Arthur, have you decided whether or not you're going to restart the