If Insects Feel Pain, Should They Be Protected In Research?

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Do insects feel pain? While there’s not enough research on this, some scientists are advocating for the protection of insects in research. They want invertebrates to be subjected to the same ethical standards as vertebrates, such as the use of anaesthetics and humane euthanasia. The poorer treatment of insects is based on the previous assumption that spineless creatures are less complex and incapable of higher-order brain function; this movement is a precaution in case we do find out that they can feel pain. Read full article here

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