Pain and suffering in fish
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- A collection of references on pain in fish
- Vettese et al. (2020): The Great Fish Pain Debate
- Sneddon LU (2019): Evolution of nociception and pain: evidence from fish models. 374 Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B
- Seddon LU (2009): Pain Perception in Fish: Indicators and Endpoints. ILAR Journal, 50 (4), 338–342
- Lopez-Luna J et al. (2017): Impact of stress, fear and anxiety on the nociceptive responses of larval zebrafish
- How do individuals cope with stress? Behavioural, physiological and neuronal differences between proactive and reactive coping styles in fish (Vindas et al., 2017)
- The F.I.S.H. website (Fish Indicators of Stress and Health).
- Sverdrup A (2005) Neurophysiology in relation to pain Meeting proceeding
- Chandroo KP et al. (2004) An evaluation of current perspectives on consciousness and pain in fishes, Fish and Fisheries 5(4): 281-285
- Sneddon LU (2004) Evolution of nociception in vertebrates: comparative analysis of lower vertebrates. Brain Research Reviews 46, 123-130
- Robinson A. (2003) Animal Rights, Anthropomorphism and Traumatized Fish, web publication
- Brown S. (2003) Do Fish Feel Pain? web publication
- James A. Swan J.A. (2003) Hooked! Ouch? Fish, they say, feel pain. web publication
- Sneddon L.U., Braithwaite V.A., Gentle M.A. (2003) Do fishes have nociceptors? Evidence for the evolution of a vertebrate sensory system. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B, 270: 1115-1121. Critique of this paper by James Rose.
- Sneddon LU (2003) Trigeminal somatosensory innervation of the head of a teleost fish with particular reference to nociception. Brain Research 972, 44-52
- Sneddon LU (2003) The evidence for pain in fish: the use of morpine as an analgesic. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 83, 153-162
- Sneddon LU, Braithwaite VA, Gentle MJ (2003) Novel object test: examining nociception and fear in the rainbow trout. The Journal of Pain 4, 431-440
- Sneddon LU (2002) Anatomical and electrophysiological analysis of the trigeminal nerve in a teleost fish, Oncorhynchus mykiss. Neuroscience letters 319, 167-171
- Rose JD (2002) The neurobehavioral nature of fishes and the question of awareness and pain. Reviews in Fisheries Science, 10: 1-38
- Guidance on the severity classification of scientific procedures involving fish
- Brattelid T (1999) Kapittel 5: Smerte og lidelse hos fisk, Kompendium i forsøksdyrlære for fiskeforskere (Norwegian-language compendium from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science)
- Overmier JB and Hollis KL (1983) The Teleostean telencephalon in Learning. In: Fish Neurobiology Volume 2 (Davis RE & Northcutt RG, eds). The University of Michigan Press, pp: 265-284.
- Tailfin clipping, a painful procedure: studies on Nile tilapia and common carp
- Neural network detected in a presumed vestigial trait: ultrastructure of the salmonid adipose fin
- Pain sensitivity of fishes and analgesia induced by opioid and nonopioid agents
- Considerations for a European animal welfare standard to evaluate adverse phenotypes in teleost fish
- Are we wrong to assume that fish can't feel pain?
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