Cognitive evidence of fish sentienceAnimal Sentience: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Animal Feeling
AbstractI present a little-known example of flexible, opportunistic behavior by a species of fish to undermine Key’s (2016) thesis that fish are unconscious and unable to feel. Lack of a cortex is flimsy grounds for denying pain to fish, for on that criterion we must also then deny it to all non-mammals, including birds, which goes against scientific consensus. Notwithstanding science’s fundamental inability to prove anything, the precautionary principal dictates that we should give the benefit of the doubt to fish, and the state of the oceans dictates that we act on it now.
Citation InformationJonathan Balcombe. "Cognitive evidence of fish sentience" (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jonathan_balcombe/50/