Do fish feel pain when caught?

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Do fish feel pain when caught?
« on: 23/04/2004 21:09:44 »
Just wondering about this one beacause the debate has been going on for years with some people saying yes and others no... wondered if any scientific study has been done on it yet?

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Re: Do fish feel pain when caught?
« Reply #1 on: 24/04/2004 04:41:01 »
I have no scientific data, but I once caught a trout, and released it. It swam back to the same hole it was in before I caught it. I cast back to it, and it hit the fly again. Now if the trout were feeling much pain, would it have hit the fly a second time?
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Re: Do fish feel pain when caught?
« Reply #2 on: 24/04/2004 06:12:30 »
Maybe the hunger pangs were more uncomfortable than the hook ?!

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Re: Do fish feel pain when caught?
« Reply #3 on: 24/04/2004 11:42:46 »
or maybe it just forgot...

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Re: Do fish feel pain when caught?
« Reply #4 on: 24/04/2004 14:57:51 »
I just attached some fish fingers to a hook and there was no flapping about !!..Q E D !!!!

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« Reply #5 on: 24/04/2004 16:11:53 »
OY..cheeky matey!!...what did you do to my post ?

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Re: Do fish feel pain when caught?
« Reply #6 on: 24/04/2004 16:59:02 »
What post????

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Re: Do fish feel pain when caught?
« Reply #7 on: 24/04/2004 17:17:56 »
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Originally posted by neilep@dsl.pipex.com

OY..cheeky matey!!...what did you do to my post ?

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LOL i tried to reply with a quote and clicked the edit button by mistake... apologies apologies! [;)]

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Re: Do fish feel pain when caught?
« Reply #8 on: 25/04/2004 23:39:45 »
Someone told me that fish have a 20 second memory.  When the girls were younger, the kids in the neighborhood used to bring me any injured animal and because I was a nurse, they figured I'd know what to do with it.  The thing I noticed was, and I sutured up many an animal at my kitchen table, is that they didn't seem to need anesthesia.  I used to inject a local, but one time I ran out, and the animal didn't seem to mind the suturing at all.  After that, I quit using locals.  It seemed like after they were hurt they must have released enormous amounts of endorphins.  And if you think about it, when you see those shows on the nature channel with animals fully conscious as lions are eating out their entrails, they lie there calmly and don't appear to be in any pain.  Any veterinarians that can explain that?
 

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Re: Do fish feel pain when caught?
« Reply #9 on: 26/04/2004 00:31:14 »
Nancy, regarding the suturing and animals being calm while they become lunch .......could it just not be that the animals are just totally scared stiff ?...but I do agree about the enormous rush of endorphins....I remember when I was 11 and broke my arm....I passed out for a second, and all I can remember is feeling dizzy and hardly any pain, though it's safe to say I was defintely traumatised for a while, could the endorphins have been in effect there too ?

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Re: Do fish feel pain when caught?
« Reply #10 on: 26/04/2004 07:12:19 »
I don't know how how you wouyld think that fish don't feel pain being caught. (not that this stops me from spending my saturday afternoons on the lake) but try putting a fishhook through your lip and tugging on it while using every last ounce of energy in your body to pull against what you guess is certain death.

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Re: Do fish feel pain when caught?
« Reply #11 on: 27/04/2004 02:30:46 »
I volunteer to do a survey next time I go fishing. I do know that when they are flapping around while you are trying to remove the hook and it goes into my finger, it causes me great pain.
 

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Re: Do fish feel pain when caught?
« Reply #12 on: 27/04/2004 03:09:24 »
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Originally posted by MayoFlyFarmer

I don't know how how you wouyld think that fish don't feel pain being caught. (not that this stops me from spending my saturday afternoons on the lake) but try putting a fishhook through your lip and tugging on it while using every last ounce of energy in your body to pull against what you guess is certain death.

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This is called "anthropomorphizing", ascribimg human features to something that is not human. You or I would feel pain, no doubt. But it is not so easy with a simpler animal. The fish puts up a tremendous battle, and is not frozen with fear, or pain.
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Re: Do fish feel pain when caught?
« Reply #13 on: 27/04/2004 06:51:11 »
I still think their neurons would be telling them something is wrong

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Re: Do fish feel pain when caught?
« Reply #14 on: 27/04/2004 19:18:49 »
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Originally posted by roberth

I volunteer to do a survey next time I go fishing. I do know that when they are flapping around while you are trying to remove the hook and it goes into my finger, it causes me great pain.



Will you be going fishing in mid June to July Robert? Just wondering cos i'll be in Australia then and was wondering if there would be any space for a little big man to join you? [:)]

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Re: Do fish feel pain when caught?
« Reply #15 on: 28/04/2004 00:33:43 »
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Will you be going fishing in mid June to July Robert? Just wondering cos i'll be in Australia then and was wondering if there would be any space for a little big man to join you? [:)]

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Chris already mentioned that you'd be keen to go fishing so I'm trying to ensure we have a trip at the time you're here. Nothing like a cold beer at 5:30 am on a chilly winter morning to warm the soul (or sole, depending on where you're cold).
 

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Re: Do fish feel pain when caught?
« Reply #16 on: 28/04/2004 09:23:22 »
Hi Rob

yes, please do let us know when the June / July trip is so we can hopefully tag along. We are supposed to be going to Cairns and I'm also supposed to be going to Townsville some time in June, so if you could let us know soon that will help to avoid a clash. I'm well up for it.

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Re: Do fish feel pain when caught?
« Reply #17 on: 28/04/2004 10:19:21 »
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Originally posted by chris

Hi Rob

yes, please do let us know when the June / July trip is so we can hopefully tag along. We are supposed to be going to Cairns and I'm also supposed to be going to Townsville some time in June, so if you could let us know soon that will help to avoid a clash. I'm well up for it.

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« Reply #18 on: 28/04/2004 20:09:34 »
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Originally posted by gsmollin

quote:
Originally posted by MayoFlyFarmer

I don't know how how you wouyld think that fish don't feel pain being caught. (not that this stops me from spending my saturday afternoons on the lake) but try putting a fishhook through your lip and tugging on it while using every last ounce of energy in your body to pull against what you guess is certain death.





This is called "anthropomorphizing", ascribimg human features to something that is not human. You or I would feel pain, no doubt. But it is not so easy with a simpler animal. The fish puts up a tremendous battle, and is not frozen with fear, or pain.



I'm certainly not disagreeing with you gsmollin, but how can you be absolutely sure that the fish is not experiencing pain ?..surely that is one of natures defence mechanisms. !!

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« Reply #19 on: 03/05/2004 17:12:22 »
Once you reach maximum pain level, there is no more, and you kind of lose your mind.  It's like a psychological meltdown.  I wonder if it's the same for fish?  All the same, when I catch one I dispatch it quickly to prevent the possibility of suffering.  Some people say that the fish tastes fresher if you keep it alive, but I think all that stress has to get into the meat (yuk!).
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« Reply #20 on: 03/05/2004 18:03:32 »
Try telling the koreans that Donnah, with their despicable way of despatching cats and dogs !!!..they think the exact opposite..that the stress they deliver helps to tenderise the meat....I  have seen some of the ways they torment and torture our feline and canine friends in the name of cullinary technique.

Before I get a formidable force load of replies I'm not making a generalisation towards all koreans...just to the ones who eat cats and dogs.

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« Reply #21 on: 03/05/2004 19:34:47 »
If people want to be sadistic, they will find an excuse for their behavior, but they cannot "worm" out of their karma.
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« Reply #22 on: 04/05/2004 01:55:42 »
Well, when I was cleaning our catch on the weekend, I did a survey. None of the fish felt any pain except one, and she kept squirming even after she had been scaled and gutted.

And, if you look at our way of despatching sheep, chooks, cows, kangaroos and pigs, the Koreans aren't that much different with their diets. They just happen to eat different things to us! Who are we to decide what gets eaten. Some cultures view our diets as pretty gross but we didn't get to the top of the food chain by only eating snails.
 

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« Reply #23 on: 04/05/2004 02:44:33 »
I just want to warn that what I say ahead is a fair bit graphic in it's nature..it describes a method of slaughter.

You've missed my point Roberth, it's my fault for not adequately explaining it earlier...sorry....it's not the diet I'm referring to...it is specifically the method of despatch...and the agonising LONG process that leads up to the point of death. I beg to differ, I'm sure a kangaroo is not tied with it's legs pulled back over it's shoulders then stuffed in  a cage with other kangeroos, after being repeatedly hit with a hammer, and I mean literally stuffed into the cage, then lowered slowly into a tank of water,...this method is  SPECIFICALLY to cause as much stress and suffering as possible, in the strong belief that is eases the tenderisation of the meat, the sole purpose of this method is to terrify and torture. It is a  designed LONG process.

I do not know of any practice of slaughter like that here.

When you do your fishing , you do not go out of your way to cause severe extra suffering to the fish do you ?

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« Reply #24 on: 04/05/2004 05:12:39 »
I really don't give it any thought, Neil. It's a fish. I'm gunna eat it. I don't care if it's happy or not, because it'll still look good on my plate. If it isn't smiling, I'll chop it's head off.
 

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« Reply #25 on: 04/05/2004 11:23:43 »
Cheers Roberth.....I respect your honesty....I actually don't have a problem with fishing at all...apart from whaling !!!...err...don't suppose you have caught a whale with your rod !! (oooh..in some respects that could be considered a double-entendre eh ?)



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« Reply #26 on: 05/05/2004 01:10:12 »
Well yes, it could be considered one! We've certainly seen whales while fishing. They're very relaxing to watch, as are the dolphins that ride our bow wave. Catching them is another thing altogether. We tend not to use krill for bait because if they take it, it's too hard to land them.
 

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« Reply #27 on: 05/05/2004 01:29:26 »
LOL.....thanks for the giggle !!!

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« Reply #28 on: 05/05/2004 05:58:49 »
Oh common be a man already!!! Its just a whale!

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« Reply #29 on: 10/05/2004 21:50:21 »
LOL..Justy....now you're jusy being provocative !! *smiley smile*

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« Reply #30 on: 11/05/2004 02:59:40 »
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« Reply #31 on: 13/06/2004 08:24:03 »
I think that it is safe to assume that any animal with a nervous system is capable of feeling pain. Especially those with nervous sdystems similar to our own such as as mammals. They cannot always verbalize that pain. But those who are able to do crie out. If you step on a dog's trail it will yelp. Others will flee away from the discomfort. I recently saw a Baboon eating a fawn alive and the fawn cried out in pain. So did a bull which was being eaten alive by lions. I once caught a fish which had swallowed the hook. As I pulled to dislodge it from its throat I had no reason to assume that the struggling fish felt no pain simply because it was unable to crie out.

Humans can do cruel things to animals based on the no-pain assumption.

Crabs are boiled alive.
They try desperately to leave the pot when the water becomes too hot.
Certain restaurants serve fried live fish.
The fish is still gasping for air as people begin eating its fried body. Why? Ummmm, because it is supposed to taste better that way.
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« Reply #32 on: 13/06/2004 10:12:57 »
I have no idea whether fish feel pain, but I think there is a danger of confusing "trying to escape stimulus" with "experiencing emotional pain". Of course the fish has receptors that will let its nervous system know that something is wrong and that it should try to escape, but this can all be done without any concious thought at all. It is possible to design a robot that will struggle and try to escape when it is "injured" and I would certainly argue that very simple creatures like worms, which seem to thrash about in agony, are very very unlikely to be experiencing anything that I would consider to be suffering.

In fact, I would suggest that there is no point in developing the brain-power to experience emotional pain unless you have a concious mind that sometimes needs over-ruling by basic physical stimuli.
 

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« Reply #33 on: 21/06/2004 02:07:14 »
Does there brain size give them the capabilities to feel pain?  I assume it would have to be much more larger and complex to understand that the hook+biting=BAD.  Although I havnt learned nearly anything on different brain lobes, so knowing my guesses, I'm probably wrong!

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« Reply #34 on: 25/06/2004 16:33:08 »
no what i think is that the fish dont feel the pain coz their brain is not enough developed and they dont have the neural network reaching their brain instead it reach to the ganglia.
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« Reply #35 on: 20/07/2010 03:52:47 »
If fish could only scream!
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« Reply #36 on: 20/07/2010 03:54:19 »
If they didn't feel pain would they have need to be scared, fight to survive, hide?
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« Reply #37 on: 10/07/2011 06:05:47 »
Pain is general to all animals. You got to be pretty daft to assume that only humans can feel it. It's one of the basic survival mechanisms. What is not as clear is how they treat the feeling. Humans have all kind of ways, we can ignore it, project it at something else, etc, that's because our brain is wired that way. A fish probably don't have those possibilities, although there are some differences in the oceans too :) Octopuses are said to be pretty smart for example. But we don't test fish for their IQ, dolphins possibly, but, on the other hand they're not fish, they're mammals.

But yes, it seems as fish feel pain, just as you do. The science behind whether Fish Feel Pain.
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« Reply #38 on: 11/05/2012 08:47:05 »
Pain seems necessary to stop an animal when it is in the process of damaging itself, even if it isn't always able to remember the experience for future reference. (It sure took my dog a long time to learn to stay away from porcupines, even though he seemed to be in pain afterwards.) I would guess that every animal with a nervous system experiences pain. On the other hand, within an animal, not all tissues are equally sensitive to pain or the same kinds of pain. In an anatomy lecture, I heard a surgeon say he could cauterize your intestine and you wouldnt feel a thing, but if he stretched it, you'd scream, because over stretching is what evolution has made the intestine sensitive to, whereas the intestine almost never encounters extremes in temperature, so it has no pain receptors for that.

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« Reply #39 on: 31/05/2012 01:17:51 »
Someone told me that fish have a 20 second memory.

Have you ever seen the episode of Mythbusters where they train goldfish? You can't train an animal with a 20 second memory. One reason why I think keeping fish in small tanks like so many do is so inhumane. They say it's always a new experience to the fish, but it's not.

EDIT: Also, as far as the debate goes: I believe fish do feel pain. It's a warning system, just like it is for any other animal. I remember when I was younger and I had fish. We had a chinese fighter fish, Orlando, that once got caught in the clip that held the bubbler on the wall of the tank. His back fin got caught, if I remember right. My dad was the one to get him out of it, though. I can't remember whether the fish thrashed or not, or whether he was just still. I'll have to ask my dad about it.

RIP Orlando. (He later died of an infection/tumor that was a result of the accident) :(
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« Reply #40 on: 31/05/2012 01:23:06 »
Once you reach maximum pain level, there is no more, and you kind of lose your mind.  It's like a psychological meltdown.

That's something I've never heard before. Sounds interesting (I find insanity interesting). XD
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« Reply #41 on: 02/10/2012 05:20:12 »
The scientific evidence shows that fish DO feel pain.

They have the same basic nervous system as all other vertebrates, as well as the neural structures associated with pain perception. They also respond behaviourally to pain- they move to the bottom of the tank and sit still. If you give them morphine, they start swimming around normally again.

They are also very intelligent- fish can count, learn tricks, recognise each other and have an excellent memory.

If you want some light reading, check out Do Fish Feel Pain? by Victoria Braithwaite.

For scientific literature, see:
Dunlop, R., Millsopp, S., & Laming, P. (2006). Avoidance learning in goldfish (Carassius auratus) and trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and implications for pain perception. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 97(2-4), 255-271.
Sneddon, L. U., Braithwaite, V. A., & Gentle, M. J. (2003). Novel object test: examining nociception and fear in the rainbow trout. Journal of Pain, 4(8), 431-440.
Sneddon, L. (2007). Assessing pain perception in fish from physiology to behaviour. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 146(4, Supplement 1), S78-S78.

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Re: Do fish feel pain when caught?
« Reply #42 on: 07/05/2013 13:04:06 »
If I am a fish, I will.... :-'(
In China, I ever saw some kinds of fish food ...
It directly fried the fish's body(except its head) ...
So horrible!!!:((((