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16 August 2000 Issue

Cockroaches, Slugs and Snails Feel Pain

LONDON (Reuters) -- New studies showing that slugs, snails and cockroaches suffer pain may prompt humans to tiptoe around the animal kingdom.

The research, the subject of a meeting organized by the British charity Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, boosts lobby groups that argue that animals have emotions.

"People who think insects do not feel any pain may be wrong," Dr. Stephen Wickens of the charity told the Daily Telegraph newspaper. "Perhaps people should think twice before reaching for the fly spray."

Dr. Chris Sherwin of the University of Bristol said insects reacted much like cats and dogs in their aversion to electric shocks.

"If it is a chimp, we say it feels pain, if a fly, we do not. Why?" Sherwin said.

Studies carried out at Cambridge University discovered that cows can react emotionally. Another study revealed that sheep, in defiance of their dumb image, can distinguish one person from another.
Source: "Adam Weissman, Wetlands Preserve" <[email protected]>

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