Scientific research has demonstrated over the years that at least some species of fishes have receptor cells that are able to detect painful stimuli (nociceptors). Scientific evidence has also shown that fishes have active conductive fibers for this kind of stimulus and that painful information is then processed in the fish brain. And it's very hard to imagine that this whole anatomical-physiological apparatus is only present in the fish species in which it has already been investigated...
In a new section of the FishEthoGroup page at Consciência Animal blog, the ability of fishes to feel pain, other sources of suffering and positive affective states will be discussed, bringing some important scientific evidence about this theme. The first post is already online and more is coming. If you are interested, stay tuned!
If you would like to take a look at the new section and to read this full post at Consciência Animal blog, click here.
This is part of a post-doc project in collaboration with Centro de Aquicultura da UNESP (Caunesp) - Brazil
(posted on 2023/03/21)➜
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