Do Fish Feel Pain?
Read Do Fish Feel Pain? by Victoria Braithwaite for the latest science. To a child, it is obvious fish indeed feel pain. They writhe when poked, same as people. Science now concurs.
Even a genius like René Descartes got it wrong. Even though he knew full-well that fish and humans had almost identical nervous systems, he ignored that evidence and swallowed an ancient Catholic superstition, that people have invisible, undetectable souls but all animals including fish do not. Therefore men are conscious and fish are not. Therefore people feel pain but fish do not.
According to Catholicism, fish are like robots that just pretend to feel pain. His Catholic mother drummed into him the Catholic doctrine that animals have no rights of any kind. God created them for the sole purpose of pleasing humans. They can not actually feel pain no matter how it looks. This rationalisation allowed people of the time to indulge extreme brutality toward all animals with a clear conscience.
Anyone who has kept tropical fish, like myself, is frustrated by the aggressive ignorance of people who enjoy finding inventive ways to make fish miserable, but never stop for a second to study them. They remind me of the ignorance and denial of slave owners.~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)
|Cetacean Captivity||Debate on whether is as right to keep cetateans in captivity. 2017-05-21|
|Cetacean Intelligence||Captain Paul Watson, similar to what I did, argues that cetatceans are considerably more intelligent that humans. 2017-09-12|
|Seal Hunt||The Canadian commercial seal hunt is a barbaric bloodlust ritual where baby seals are beaten to death with spiked clubs and also skinned alive, all for no economic benefit. Its motive is simple sadism. 2017-05-21|
|Cetacean Intelligence||Cetaceans (Whales and dolphins) are intelligent. I give mostly personal experiences as evidence. This issue is particularly important because members of the Makah Indian band in Washington state have revived the ancient religious rites of whale sacrifice. The Makah along with most people are convinced that whales are just big cows and so it is perfectly OK to kill them. 2017-11-14|
|Free Range Eggs||The case for buying free range eggs in preference to factory eggs. 2017-11-06|
|Quotations about Animal Rights||Quotations about Animal Rights, animal cruely, animal intelligence. 2017-11-23|
|Animal Slaves||Modern day animals are treated with much the same disdain slaves were in past. We will have an awakening to that suffering. 2017-11-14|
|Whale Torture||The US Navy is using low frequency sounds millions of times louder than considered safe for human divers. These are tormenting whales driving them to suicide. 2017-01-02|
|Protest Japanese Whale Hunting||Japan kills 90 whales a year in the name of research and sells the carcasses as food. The Japanese Mitsubishi Electric plans a salt plant that will send gray whales into extinction. 2017-05-21|
|Protest Makah Whale Hunting||Members of the Makah Indian band in Washington state want to revive the ancient religious rites of whale sacrifice, only now using high power boats and high power weapons. The point of the exercise is not money or food, but to improve their self esteem. Why not revive the rites of human sacrifice while you are at it? 2017-11-14|
|John Lilly||obituary of John Cunningham Lilly, M.D. dolphin researcher and lots more. 2017-11-14|
|Whale Sacrifice Banned||Sanity has prevailed and the Makah gray whale hunt in the USA has been banned. 2017-01-30|
|Dolphin Slaughter||The Japanese are about to slaughter 17,000 dolphins. We stopped the Makah’s lunacy. Surely we can also wake up the Japanese to the stupidity and cruelty of what they are doing. 2017-01-02|
|Plant-Based Diet||There are three main reasons for switching to a plant-based (not necessarily strictly vegan) diet: |
|Feedback||Read feedback from readers of the animal rights section. If you don’t want your message and my reply publicly posted, please let me know. 2017-10-03|
Economics of Whale Watching
Back in 1980, whale watching surpassed whaling as an industry. Now it’s worth about four times as much. Whale watching provides far, far more jobs to people than whaling ever did. Whale watching has become an ally in the fight to end whaling.~ Captain Paul Watson (1950-12-02 age:66)
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