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    Lightbulb which are not currently classified as sentient by the food industry.

    Hello All,
    What is the meaning of 'sentient' in the context?
    It doesn't make sense to me.
    http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/sentient

    ....But when the stressed crayfish were given an anti-anxiety drug, they stopped being so wary and moved into light, more exposed areas.

    The fact that these animals may get anxious adds to a number of studies that suggest crustaceans also feel pain. Scientists say it suggests the welfare should be improved for these creatures, which are not currently classified as sentient by the food industry.

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    Re: which are not currently classified as sentient by the food industry.

    It is related to whether those animals can or cannot feel pain. In the animal experimentation industry and in parts of the food industry, a decision on whether something is considered cruel or not is based on whether or not it is scientifically believed that the animal in question can feel pain.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: which are not currently classified as sentient by the food industry.

    I am a bit skeptical about research that uses anti-anxiety drugs on crayfish. How did they select a drug type or dose? As far as I know there are no anti-anxiety drugs made for crayfish.

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    Re: which are not currently classified as sentient by the food industry.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I am a bit skeptical about research that uses anti-anxiety drugs on crayfish. How did they select a drug type or dose? As far as I know there are no anti-anxiety drugs made for crayfish.
    Here is my source:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/le..._anxiety.shtml

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    Re: which are not currently classified as sentient by the food industry.

    Yes, I get that. However, if one applies a stimulus to an amoeba, it recoils from the stimulus. And amoebae have no central nervous system. I am not saying they are wrong; I am just saying that the methodology is questionable. If I gave a human anti-anxiety drug to a cat, a dog, an elephant, and a gerbil, should I expect it to act in the same that it does in a human?

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    Re: which are not currently classified as sentient by the food industry.

    Without wishing to get entirely off track, the idea of testing any human drug on animals seems pointless to me. We already know that animals don't react in the same way that people do. So in addition to the cruelty aspect, there is the question of whether it tells us anything useful. Fortunately for both the animals and the potential patients, there are more and more non-animal techniques being developed all the time. Hopefully, those techniques will replace all animal testing sooner rather than later.
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    Re: which are not currently classified as sentient by the food industry.

    Well, I agree up to a point. A major exception is antibiotics. These drugs are not about the host species, but the species infecting them. If it were not for animal testing of antibiotics, we would all be in serious trouble. It is also important to remember that the original testing on insulin was done on animals. Life is often full of trade-offs. We just have to make good decisions.

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