The fact that fish feel pain is another of those inconvenient truths that many in our society would rather ignore. This is why Animals Australia is pleased that we achieved major changes to the national recreational fishing code.
One in every five Australians goes fishing — they find it ‘enjoyable’. But for the fish it is anything but an enjoyable experience. Scientific research has proven that the lips and mouths of fish are particularly sensitive, and fish show the physical and behavioural signs of pain and fear when hooked or netted. Little Nemo’s reaction to capture and separation from his family is not so far-fetched!