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The Aquatic Animals

Fish Feel Pain.
While it may seem obvious that fish are able to feel pain, like every other animal, some people still think of fish as swimming vegetables. In fact, regarding the ability to feel pain, fish are equal to dogs, cats, and all other animals.

Dr. Donald Broom, scientific advisor to the British government, explains, “The scientific literature is quite clear. Anatomically, physiologically and biologically, the pain system in fish is virtually the same as in birds and animals."”

“Some were still thrashing; some were too tired; many were vomiting up their guts, their eyes bulging from the pressure change. Some of these fish may have been struggling in the nets for up to 24 hours. After a few minutes, their gill arches were slit and they were thrown into the next bin, where they twitched and gasped, slowly bleeding to death. … It was not long before I was covered with fish blood, vomit, and guts.”
—Dawn Carr

Read Dawn Carr’s full account of her time on a commercial fishing ship.



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