Do oysters feel pain?

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Rodney

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Do oysters feel pain?
« on: 26/02/2009 15:30:01 »
Rodney asked the Naked Scientists:
   
G'day Chris,

I listen to the naked scientist podcast and really enjoy it.

You may have been asked this question before. Do oysters feel pain?

Regards,

Rodney

What do you think?
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Re: Do oysters feel pain?
« Reply #1 on: 26/02/2009 15:55:20 »
Since Oysters have a nervous system, I should think the answer is yes.
If brains were made of dynamite, I wouldn't have enough to blow my nose.

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Re: Do oysters feel pain?
« Reply #2 on: 26/02/2009 22:22:01 »
But does it necessarily bother them in the same way as it would bother you or me?
I could make a single nerve cell make a muscle twitch with some lemon juice but would that be 'cruel'?

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Re: Do oysters feel pain?
« Reply #3 on: 27/02/2009 03:34:20 »
Who knows whether they feel pain or not? [:)]
I can ask for you Rodney...[:)]
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Re: Do oysters feel pain?
« Reply #4 on: 27/02/2009 09:54:01 »
You can ask an Oyster, C4M, but I doubt you will get an answer, or even if you do, I doubt you understand their language.

Perhaps Dr Dolittle can help, or even Dr Beaver????
If brains were made of dynamite, I wouldn't have enough to blow my nose.