Fish Have Feelings, Too

A new study will intrigue animal-rights groups

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

If you feel guilty about eating cows and pigs but have no problem downing a tuna sandwich, we have some bad news: fish feel pain. That's the conclusion of a study conducted at Purdue University on two groups of goldfish. One group, injected with morphine, acted totally normal after being subjected to painful stimuli. The other group, morphine free, showed wary and anxious behavior after the pain was stopped. Researcher Joseph Garner, an assistant professor of animal behavior and well-Being, joins The Takeaway to explain the study and why it's significant.


Joseph Garner

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Comments [2]


I'm amazed by human beings' belief that only we feel pain. We act as if we are separate from Nature itself, as if we are "special" and more evolved than, say, rocks. Fooled by our technological skills, we conveniently overlook the fact that we are the most stupid species of all, as we haven't been able to understand the most basic, that peace and love is what we need. Simple things animals naturally do to get along in the ever shrinking lands or waterways, such as to live and let live, to take only the necessary for their sustenance, to leave only footprints, to be respectful of one another's space, are lessons we are unable to assimilate.

May. 06 2009 08:55 AM

A scientific study that state the obvious? Coming from Purdue University, it's even more pathetic. Is the fishing industry threatening the chicken industry's profits? Anybody who has even owned an aquarium knows this, Mr. Professor at Purdue. Did the fish feel a lot of pain when you stuck them with saline and morphine needles? I would bet that your lab animals get pretty stressed and anxious at the mere sight of you and your white coat.

May. 06 2009 08:53 AM

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