That steamed fish on your plate felt pain, say scientists

your say April 12, 2019 01:00

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World Day for the End of Fishing (March 30) was launched in 2017 with the aim of drawing attention to the suffering of millions of aquatic animals we casually refer to as “seafood”.

Scientists are in complete agreement that a fish’s pain response is identical to that of mammals and birds. 

On a recent visit to Phuket, I was dismayed to see a large number of live crustaceans held in tanks in front of restaurants. Do they suffer an agonising death being boiled alive? Fish are by no means mindless blobs – they are smart, social animals with unique personalities and, just like dogs, cats and humans, they feel pain. Just as we have no justification for inflicting pain on mammals, we have no justification for inflicting pain on aquatic animals. No animal deserves to suffer for something as unnecessary as momentary pleasure. 

Jenny Moxham