Do fish feel pain?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by KerryS, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. KerryS Ignored Member

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  2. Don Freeman Freeman

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    The pain/no pain debate has a life of it's .

    I'm pretty sure that fish feel something akin to fear/terror when I hook them in the mouth and drag them around.

    Maybe that makes it bullying rather than torture.
  3. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    They taste good, I'll keep eating them either way.
  4. Flyborg Active Member

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    I wouldn't stop harvesting fish just because they feel pain.
  5. scottybs Active Member

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    Yeah, everytime I grace them with my presence!
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  6. Fishinbeatsworkin Member

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    I feel their pain when I get skunked
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  8. KerryS Ignored Member

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    I can understand how some think this means little but if you read up on how laws against fishing are introduced the "fish feel pain" argument is one of the main arguments used by groups to get such laws passed. We would be wise to keep ourselves informed of these types of studies.
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  9. silvercreek Active Member

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  10. GAT Active Member

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    This is old news. I thought the 2002 study pretty much put the subject to rest. To assume a fish has the same feeling of pain as does a human is absurd. The brain of a fish is not akin to the brain of a human.

    For those who believe that a fish does feel pain in the same manner as a human, they shouldn't fish. Most likely they also believe the earth is flat and the moon landing was faked.
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