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Brian Key, Why fish do not feel pain


In his target article, Key (2016) argues that since fish don’t have a frontal cortex (part of the brain known to be important for feeling of pain in humans and rodents), they cannot feel pain or other noxious stimuli. I comment on the logic used in this extrapolation and other arguments presented in the paper.

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Vladimir Dinets dinets@gmail.com is an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He studies behavioral ecology and its applications for conservation. He also enjoys tracking little-known animals in remote parts of the world and writing popular books about biology. http://dinets.info