At 2/16/09 08:40 PM, lawlmaster wrote:
At 2/16/09 08:21 PM, Inquizitor wrote:
Many state animal abuse laws do not include protection for insects, because their brains are too under-developed to feel pain.How the fuck do you know? I wonder why they try to get away and start spazing out when they get a limb ripped off.
Research by biologists suggests that the reactions of insects to harmful stimuli are only reflexes. They do not suffer as humans do.
"... Experiments on decorticate mammals have shown that complex, though stereotyped, motor responses to noxious stimuli may occur in the absence of consciousness and, therefore, of pain (Iggo, 1984). Thus, it is possible that invertebrates' responses to noxious stimuli (and modifications of these responses) could be simple reflexes, occurring without the animals being aware of experiencing something unpleasant, that is, without "suffering" something akin to what humans call pain."