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Re: [APD] Disposing of Unwanted Fish

This reminds me of something I read recently.  When the mode for  
executions was the guillotine, it was assumed that it would result in  
instant death.  But, if you give it a bit of thought, as long as the  
brain has oxygenated blood it keeps functioning, so the stories about  
Marie Antoinette smiling after her head was lopped off could be true  
- for several seconds her brain could have continued to function.

The difficulty I have in relating all of this to a fish is that I  
haven't the slightest idea whether or not a fish feels anything at  
all as we would think of it.  Do they experience pain?  Do they have  
emotions?  Do they experience fear?  I have no idea at all.  And,  
given that I have never had any hesitation to kill a fish in order to  
eat it, it is hard for me to concern myself over killing fish that  
are sick, deformed, etc.  I would never intentionally torture a fish,  
but if I have to euthanize one I generally use a garbage disposal,  
and don't give it a second thought.  Over the years I have also  
flushed them and even tossed them into the flower bed outside.  When  
it comes to tiny fish I am a sociopath!


On Apr 27, 2007, at 10:03 AM, bill wrote:

> The problem with using so-called anesthetics is that we don't  
> really know
> what is going on with the fish.  We just see a lack of movement and  
> so our
> consciences are clear, but the fish might be having great discomfort.
> The use of lethal injection to execute people is coming under  
> strong attack
> and, IMHO, will probably cease to be used in a few years.  Do a  
> search on
> - "lethal injection" suffering -  and see what turns up.  Here's  
> one link:
> http://www.californiaprogressreport.com/2007/04/lethal_injectio.html
> If it becomes necessary to kill someone or something, I think the best
> approach is one that destroys a lot of brain tissue.  It isn't  
> pretty to
> think about, but it is probably fairer to the target.
> Bill
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