, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 5-15
Date: 18 Nov 2010

Are fish the victims of ‘speciesism’? A discussion about fear, pain and animal consciousness

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Abstract

Fish welfare is currently a hotly debated topic; this is mainly due to the issue of whether or not fish have the capacity for conscious awareness, or subjective states. Because of the contentious nature of animal consciousness, the subject is often avoided in many welfare arguments, but it is argued that since welfare should be about how animals feel, this issue is unavoidable. There is also good reason to believe that the issue of assessing subjective states is not as insurmountable as some believe.