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‘3 to 4% of farmed fish stunned globally’

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By Josh Loeb

There is still a ‘long way to go’ to achieve good fish welfare around the world.

That is the view of a welfare scientist who believes that the mental capacity of fish has been underestimated.

Hans van de Vis from Wageningen Livestock Research in the Netherlands, speaking at the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) conference in Bruges earlier this month, said that worldwide just 3-4 per cent of farmed fish are stunned before slaughter. The figure is an estimate based on the best available information.

He told delegates that the issue had traditionally been overlooked because of a perception that fish are not mentally sophisticated.

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