Humans have a complicated relationship with fishes using them as a foodstuff, catching them for relaxation and keeping them in their homes as beloved pets. This can influence personal opinion as to whether we should care about the welfare of fishes and give them the same consideration as mammals.
This Sea and Society Talk will cover the science of sentience and the capacity for pain in fishes to demonstrate their intelligence and ability to experience discomfort. This has important implications for the way we treat fish in aquaculture, fisheries, sport fishing, research and as companion animals.
About the speaker
Lynne Sneddon is a senior lecturer in zoofysiology at the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. Her research addresses questions in animal welfare using aquatic models specifically to provide empirical evidence to understand how we can improve the treatment of fish.
About Sea and Society Talks
Sea and Society Talks is a lunch seminar series organized by Centre for Sea and Society focusing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The seminars link goal 14 "Life below water" with the other 16 goals.
Link to webinar
Link to zoom webinar will be sent out after registration.