No Brain No Pain: Catch and Release

 

fish with hook

 

“It’s okay to eat fish, ’cause they don’t have any feelings” —the song-lyrics say it all, and Science backs it up: “There’s no neo-cortex in the brains of fish”, so munch all you want folks. Catch and release even. Especially that. It doesn’t matter one whit. No damage is being done. Keep walking. Look away. Nothing to see. 

Yet, even a plant responds to its environment, does it not? It has no neo-cortex either, right? So then, singing “It’s okay to eat plants, ’cause they don’t have any feelings” doesn’t work exactly, does it?

But I am to believe that a mobile water-creature that has a physical system similar in ways to a human’s —that is, the basic bodily processes of digestion and a type of respiration but through fins, the presence of a visual sense-mechanism, etc.— doesn’t feel pain or its equivalent, so I can trick them into taking metal shards into their mouths and throat-type areas, and I can jerk and pull hard enough to cause the metal hooks to lodge themselves deep into the inner flesh and such, and that’s okay…? I mean, I’m going to toss them right back where they were. I didn’t kill them. So no harm done. But a plant? Ha! A hard fart close by could cause a delicate plant to feel threatened and react adversely to the harsh exterior stimuli. And they don’t even have a brain center, let alone a neo-cortex that can register pain…

 

flower in hand

—-Nope. Nothing to see. Look away. Move along. Don’t even think about it. Go play Pokemon and crush some candy. It’s all good…

 

P.S. The great Water-Walker Himself and his entourage were said to have used nets…

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