Rev Fish Biol Fisheries (2011) 21:767–769 DOI 10.1007/s11160-011-9221-y POINT-OF- V IEW Reply to Diggles et al. (2011): Ecology and welfare of aquatic animals in wild capture ﬁsheries • • Thomas Torgersen Marc B. M. Bracke Tore S. Kristiansen Received: 17 April 2011 / Accepted: 2 May 2011 / Published online: 15 May 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011 In their recent review, Diggles et al. advocate the use ensure healthy, growing plants. As this care is of ‘‘function-based’’ and ‘‘nature-based’’ welfare instrumental in the production of plant crops, making approaches instead of the ‘‘feelings-based’’ approach a semantic detour via constructed welfare terms is not regarding aquatic animals in wild capture ﬁsheries. necessary to justify such practices. Feelings are We disagree with key premises and conclusions in partially concealed to anyone but the subject itself. their paper and have a few remarks as to what welfare However, verbal creatures, like neighbors, friends and is and what it is not. family, can talk about their experience of life, and this The basis for the interest in animal welfare is man’s will often reﬂect how they feel. Non-verbal commu- capacity for empathy and the assumption or suspicion nication can be at least
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