Current law says that the concept of "pain" is only applicable to humans because it is a physical AND emotional response. Instead, we call it "nociception," which I feel does not carry the same weight that a word like "pain" does. This is one the reasons why people and organizations who commit animal cruelty are hard to prosecute. I myself find it difficult to say that animals do not experience pain the same way that humans do, and I'm sure that I'm preaching to choir here, but I wanted to see what you all thought. I also posted this same question in the Pre-Med forum so it will be interesting to see the variations (or similarities) in responses.