I just read an interesting NPR article called :”Fish Have Feelings, Too”. And it had many interesting facts about fish the writer made ridiculous conclusions — see if you agree. The author is Jonathan Balcombe, director from the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy — so you could imagine what his agenda is.
Here is the logic of his article:
- Fish are animals.
- Fish feel pain.
- An animal has sentience if it feels pain.
- If an animal feels pain, it also feels pleasure.
- If a being feels pain and pleasure, it has “moral traction”
- If animals can feel pain and pleasure, it can have good days and bad days.
- “Moral Traction” is the bedrock of ethics.
- So if we want to be ethical or moral, we must not cause a fish (a sentient being) to have a bad day.
- Therefore we shouldn’t catch and kill fish.
Animals, plants, bacteria and more hunt and kill each other daily. I guess Balcombe would rather a world of nothing but vegatation — well, at least vegetation that does not harm other vegatation. For otherwise, why is he trying to get us to stop eating other animals when they all gladly eat each other and us.
I don’t get his argument — though I do understand his preferences– and disagree with both. How about you?