Fish Welfare Matters

Philip Lymbury of Compassion interviews Dr Lynne Sneddon of Liverpool University to find out why compassion for fish matters…

Perhaps the most farmed group of species on the planet is fish, yet the welfare of these waterborne animals is all too often overlooked. Here at Compassion, we are gearing up our work on fish welfare to tackle what we see as the burgeoning factory farm industry under the water. I was delighted therefore to interview Dr Lynne Sneddon, Director of Bioveterinary Science at the University of Liverpool, on her groundbreaking work relating to the welfare of fish. Dr Sneddon’s work focuses on reducing stress and ill health in fish, as well as looking at ways to reduce the number of animals used by replacing them with non-sentient forms. Her most recent discovery is that young zebrafish, just days old, feel pain and should therefore be protected by European law.”

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“My laboratory is committed to improving our understanding of aquatic animal biology and welfare using an integrative approach. My research specifically addresses questions in animal personality, dominance-subordinate relationships, nociception or pain, and the way these are influenced by environmental stress and adaptation. Current funding aims to improve the detection, assessment and alleviation of stress and ill health in fish and to investigate the replacement of adult fish by non-sentient forms to reduce the numbers of animals used. Although fundamentally important, these topics are relevant to welfare problems in laboratory housed fish and the ornamental fish industry”.