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Unformatted text preview: 10/21/2010 1 Pain and Suffering What is pain? • broadly accepted: – pain = BAD – if an organism can feel/experience pain, it is likely to suffer if that pain is unalleviated likely to suffer if that pain is unalleviated When might animals experience pain? • wild animals ex. hunting, pest management, fishing (both commercial and sports), velvet harvest • farm animals ex. Disease (mastitis, osteoporosis, laminitis, bumblefoot), special agricultural practices (dehorning, castration, etc.) • companion animals ex. post-operative pain • laboratory animals ex. direct/indirect result of experiments, post-operative pain, etc. 10/21/2010 2 Laws do exist... • Most animal cruelty/welfare legislation focuses on “unnecessary pain and suffering” assumes what causes humans pain & – assumes what causes humans pain & suffering also causes animals pain & suffering (argument from analogy) Any problems with this? The tricky thing about pain... • tolerance to & expression of pain differs widely from species-to-species and even individual to individual ex prey vs predator ex. prey vs. predators ex. males vs. females • pain/pain proper ≠ nociception What are the implications?...
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