cfab asked in Food & DrinkVegetarian & Vegan · 1 decade ago

Question for you pescatarians out there?

Ok, so im planning to go pescatarian for ethical reasons (possibly to go vegetarian later, but pescatarian right now). Im planning to give up meat from land animals completely because like land animals like cows and chickens are not treated well/I wouldn’t want to eat my pet. But for some reason, at least for right now, im not gonna give up seafood, like ill still have the occasional fish/chips. I don’t know how to really explain the ethical part of sea animals, but id say its cuz I feel like sea animals like fish wouldn’t be treated as harshly as like cows/chickens, theyre also not the kind of animals that I would go “awww” over, like they don’t take care of their young (I wont eat a land animal b/c I think its cute to see a picture of like an adult duck w/ a baby, & it would be mean to eat them). For you pescatarians out there who are pescatarians for ethical reasons, why do you not eat land animals but eat sea animals? Im just trying to see your ethical views on this too

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I draw a line at fish. I see some seafood, especially scallops and crustaceans, as less of an issue than mammals, as they have a less well developed nervous system, and because the cruelty shown towards them is much less than that of land animals.

    Eating seafood, I think, is a step in the right direction, but it's ideal, for ethical reasons, to go totally veg. I used to be veggie, but because of extensive allergies, I added in mostly shrimp to my diet as a protein source. I definitely don't think it's the best choice for animal welfare, though.

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  • at5
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    1 decade ago

    for me, being a pescatarian started because i was having digestive problems and couldn't stomach - literally - meat and foul anymore. fish didn't seem to bother me and so i kept eating it. now, i'm mostly a vegetarian, but on occasion i do still eat fish (it makes going to restaurants easier and i really do love my sushi) and though all of these dietary changes were brought about by health concerns, over the years in learning more about the ethics of it all, i am most concerned with the environmental impact of factory farming. big fishing is certainly also a major environmental problem, so i haven't exactly reconciled that yet. i feel like the moderation i exercise is probably helpful in not contributing too much to it, and the fact that i frequent farmers' markets and try to buy local as much as i can might offset that somewhat. in terms of killing animals and the ethics of that, i don't know what to tell you. i know no matter what i see killed, it doesn't make me feel too good - fish included, though it is admittedly easier to eat some sushi or piece of baked salmon because it doesn't look as animal as, for example, a chicken leg.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    This doesn't exactly answer your question, but might give you something else to think about. Before I became a vegan, I ate fish, but I gave it up because my problem is the way food is processed. My daughter, who is a scientist, feels that since the oceans are in a state of decline, humans should opt out of fish as a food source, unless we dwell in a fishing community where the fish is consumed locally, on a small-scale basis, using time-honored methods that do not deplete a seafood species nor cause harm to other species (such as dolphins being killed in tuna harvesting). It is the large-scale food-processing operations that are harmful on many levels, and that is why I don't eat fish anymore.

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  • 1 decade ago

    ive been a pescatarian for almost three years now. im only 13 now but still really cant explain why ill eat seafood but not land animals. when i still did eat meat, i would cry at the dinner table over lemon chicken or a steak yet eat my salmon like a bottomless pit. i do think ill eventually find an explanation but for now i dont know.

    p.s. i totally relate to you when you see a pic of a duck or something. i could never get myself to eat something that cute

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    As long as you eat fish that are wild caught and not endangered, it's cool. Farmed fish are killing the wild ones with their parasites and diseases that are leeching into the water. Just as bad as feed lots, ethically.

    I'd be more willing to eat land animals but I don't trust that they are treated properly first, and I KNOW they aren't good for my health.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I usually eat animals I can kill myself, like seafood and fish. I couldn't bring myself to kill a stockyard steer. I do, on occaision, buy land meat from a butcher who only buys sustainable, low impact producers, like Niman Ranch or Rocky chickens.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i am a pescatarian - i eat all plant based foods 90% of the time and the occassional salmon meal/prawns/fish and chips. like you i find the killing of pigs and other creatures barbaric and yes fish are animals too but this is what i chose to do also health wise the diet of 90% plant based diet with occassional seafood is a very good and healthy diet and its easier to eat out in a restraunt if sea food is part of the diet.

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  • 1 decade ago

    well, i know a friend of mine is generally a vegetarian, except she is anemic so she occasionally needs to get her iron from somewhere and that somewhere is fish.

    other than that, i was a vegetarian once. i lost a lot of weight. then i realized i really strongly dislike vegetables and it wasn't quite working out for me. i so wish i were still veg. good luck :)

    p.s. i was actually mainly a vegetarian moreso for the environmental aspect, since eating meat is one of the bigger causes of how ****** up our earth is....but for the animals too! if only.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    hey always used vegetarian food .non vage not gud for health and for mind.

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