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Brian Key, Why fish do not feel pain


The commentaries on Key’s (2016) target article make it clear that there is a great deal of doubt about Key’s thesis that fish do not feel pain. The political question therefore is about how we should respond to doubt. If the thesis of Key and others (that fish do not feel pain) is wrong, then the negative impact for fish in terms of suffering caused by human utilisation would be extreme. In the face of this doubt, the very least we can do is to adopt basic welfare precautions to mitigate the potential impact if fish do suffer, with attention to the means used to capture, handle and slaughter them.

Author Biography

Dinesh Wadiwel dinesh.wadiwel@sydney.edu.au is lecturer in human rights and socio-legal studies at University of Sydney. His research interests include sovereignty and the nature of rights, violence, race and critical animal studies. His current book project explores the relationship between animals and capitalism, building on his monograph, The War against Animals. http://sydney.edu.au/arts/staff/profiles/dinesh.wadiwel.php