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Why Fish Welfare Matters: The Evidence for Fish Sentience

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Why Fish Welfare Matters: The Evidence for Fish Sentience

What is sentience, why sentience matters and how we know fish that fish are sentient beings.

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Fish welfare matters because fish are sentient beings. There is a wealth of evidence that demonstrates that fish have feelings, perform complex behaviours and are intelligent. They are also capable of experiencing pain and suffering. To find out more, download our briefing below:



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