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If a mammal injures its leg the resulting pain discourages the animal from putting too much weight on the leg while it is healing. An injured insect shows no such shielding response when its leg is injured. Some have cited the lack of such, a shielding response as evidence that insects do not feel pain. On the other hand, insects do produce substances similar to one of our natural painkillers. Is the presence of these compounds in insects sufficient evidence to conclude that they do perceive pain as we do?

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Publisher: Cengage Learning
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If a mammal injures its leg the resulting pain discourages the animal from putting too much weight on the leg while it is healing. An injured insect shows no such shielding response when its leg is injured. Some have cited the lack of such, a shielding response as evidence that insects do not feel pain. On the other hand, insects do produce substances similar to one of our natural painkillers. Is the presence of these compounds in insects sufficient evidence to conclude that they do perceive pain as we do?

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