Found by Tracey Lofthouse
What about the fish?: I was very sorry to hear of Molly the cavoodle’s suffering after biting a discarded fishing lure near Lake Burley Griffin (Letters, December 23).
Like Molly’s owner, Peter Stanley, most of us would be concerned about her pain, but why don’t we feel the same concern for the millions of other animals that also bite fishing lures and baited hooks?
Research over the last decade has concluded that, on the balance of probability, fish do feel pain.
In 2010, Dr Victoria Braithwaite published her book, Do Fish Feel Pain?, summing up the recent research with: “I believe that the weight of evidence now shows fish do feel pain.”
If we can understand and empathise with the suffering ofdogs, why not the suffering of fish?
FISH FEEL PAIN: I agree with Mike O’Shaughnessy (“What about the fish?”, December 29). It’s high time we acknowledged fish feel pain and dragging them from their watery homes, by means of a barbed hook, is blatant animal torture. – Jenny Moxham, Monbulk
Torture for a Photo Op: WHAT a sad photo and story on page 3 of last week’s Sunday Canberra Times (”Oh my cod: the night Rob tamed ‘The Hulk”’). That 30- or 40-year-old native fish, and member of a threatened species, is no ”monster” – no ”hulk”, nor ”beast”. He was simply minding his own business until some human thought it would be fun, an adrenalin shot, ”the fight of his life” to put a metal hook through the mouth and haul him out of the water to be posed, unable to breathe, for a photo op. When are humans going to learn to live with other species without subjecting them to pain, stress and death for entertainment and fun? – Alan Bateman, Lyneham
WHAT if that native animal Rob Paxevanos (”Oh my cod: the night Rob tamed ‘The Hulk”’, December 23, p3) impaled and dragged into an environment where he couldn’t breathe had been a native mammal or bird instead of a native fish?
Would The Canberra Times publish a photo of the animal being held underwater? Fish are like all vertebrates with a central nervous system, they have intelligence and, most importantly, sentience. It’s time we started treating them better – at least as ”well” as we treat other animals. – Mike O’Shaughnessy, Spence