The argument is just another in a long list of instances where people attribute behavior in animals which they can equate to humans as being caused by the same thing. The type of pain we would typically tend to say is worthy of moral consideration is that which a rational being has (definitionally) a measure of ability to understand the pain within a greater context. This is why we would pass moral judgements on things like stabbing someone, but not so much a person skinning his knee (or taking actions which increase the probability of doing so.) "Pain" is not the same when used in the context of a goldfish or amoeba as when used referring to people.
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