Do animals feel pain scientificaly?

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Do animals feel pain scientificaly?

I am in the midst of a debate in one of my courses and I need evidence if animals
feel pain or not scientificaly. Also I need rebuttles against the statement "Animal abuse punishments should be raised"
any help would be great.

Sameer's picture
Yes indeed animals feel pain.

Yes indeed animals feel pain. I give you one example in case of mice.
First of all what do you do when you cut your finger while cutting vegetables in kitchen. Do you keep it in mouth first instance to get rid off pain and blood.
Just like that, cut a small part of mouse tail let the blood ooze out see what does the mouse do carefully.
It will do the same thing as you do.

Bettye's picture
Scientifically (more or less)

Scientifically (more or less):
from a 1982 FASEB symposium specifically on this subject:

My personal experience:
I have an African Grey parrot with a congenital neurological disorder. She falls a lot and sometimes breaks blood feathers (which have a huge nerve supplying the growing feather). When this happens, she holds her wing out and cries.

Specifically one day when this happened, without thinking it through, my spouse poured isopropanol on an open wound on her wing to clean it out. When he did that she SCREAMED. The look in her eyes and the sound she made was very much like a child crying from pain (or me, if someone poured alcohol on an open wound).

Dominiquest's picture
There are these two dogs we

There are these two dogs we have in our hostel that never caused anyone any problems and one of them is pretty close to me... One day things changed and a new person came to the hostel to keep an eye on the hostelites and once that happened, the authorities started ill treating the dogs and would even hit them at times with sticks to keep them away from the hostel... Everytime they hit this dog, she would cry really loudly and then after a while she used to come to me with her eyes red and small and still crying softly so I know for sure animals do feel pain...

scifigr8's picture
yes of course animals do feel

yes of course animals do feel pain scientifically.
i am working with various pain models in rats and mice.
since i am new to join and ur post is old, if u need i can support my statement with literature as well.

Ivan Delgado
Ivan Delgado's picture

Hi eslayer22,
You can argue this from different view points, but the bottom line is that animals, in particular mammals just like ourselves, feel pain. A very good example is the one given by Sameer. I too worked with mice for years and there are multiple instances where their behavior is close to identical to ours when exposed to pain.

varsha's picture
Animals especially mammals do

Animals especially mammals do feel pain and there is evidence, scientific and otherwise.

Sameer's example of mice and human responsing to a small cut or bleed is one example.

Dogs, cats and other animals respond to pain iducers e.g beating by yelping and running away from it. You may find this Nature article useful for discussion.

Scientists at Oxford have developed a brain scan to measure pain in human brain and it is very plausible to think that a similar scan could be developed for animals.

scifigr8, it would be great to see some papers on studies of pain in mice.

scifigr8's picture
hi varsha,

hi varsha,
as i am working on various animal models of pain i am observing  and assessing animal behaviour post stimulus, indicative of pain. there are other methods of pain assessment as well.
there are various models and i have lots of references in different fields, like hot plate test, tail flick, hyperalgesia (thermal and mechanical), allodynia, neuropathic pain, chemical induced pain, post surgical pain etc. 
Also every model covers a different pathway of pain. so if you can tell me little specifically what u need, it would be easy for me.
please go thru this link to get a basic understanding of assessment of pain in animals:
Also go thru the pdf file attached (Pain and distress in laboratory rodents and lagomorphs) 
best wishes,

merjidf's picture
A Duke University Medical

A Duke University Medical Center researcher who spent years looking for the signals that prompt the brain to form new connections between neurons has found one that may explain precisely how a well-known drug for epilepsy and pain actually works. If you are interested, you can read more

Bettye's picture
 Very nice study, thanks for

 Very nice study, thanks for that. I was trying to explain to a friend why his doctor gave him Neurotin for his nerve pain - from which he suffers due to 3 herniated discs in his neck (C4-C7). This helps explain why doctors have found the epilepsy drug useful for neuropathic pain.

rsmith6654's picture
Research is now indicating

Research is now indicating that infants who spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) show altered pain sensitivity in adolescence. These results have profound implications and highlight the need for pre-emptive and post-operative pain medicine for newborn infants. The study, published online in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, sheds light on how the mechanisms of pain are altered after infant injury in a region of the brain called the periaqueductal gray, which is involved in the perception of pain

20101975's picture
Yes animals including human

Yes animals including human beings feel (sense) pain since we all share a common thing known as sensory system. Regarding animal abuse thing, if you will read reg the animal ethics on net, u can easily find what acts are there in different countries regarding the animal welfare.