They are just tired of people calling themselves vegetarian and still eating animals like chicken and fish, while they are still animals-- not vegetables. That's what most of the negatives I've read have been about. Some people feel strongly about treating all animals the same, as do I, and may have different views. If you're progressing to vegetarianism by eating fish and less other animal flesh, then good for you. You rightly called yourself a pescetarian, so you won't touch any raw nerves with people. :-P It's not pointless. There are many pescetarians who feel just as strongly about their own choices.
No ovo-lacto vegetarian should beat you up about eating fish or get on a soapbox and yell at you, because the cows that produce the milk they drink, and the hens that make their eggs are often fed fish meal in their feed. Surprise! After many years of thought, I believe that pescetarians who eat fish caught in the wild-- who do not eat dairy products actually do similar harm to animals as a vegetarian who eats dairy products purchased from the dairy industry, and eggs purchased from the egg industry. But it's seen by vegetarians as more distasteful because fish is actual flesh from a directly killed animal. In principle, I agree with that, and I started out as a vegetarian. In the dairy industry, cows must be kept in a continual cycle of pregnancy to keep producing milk. Baby cows are taken from their mothers and the males are killed for meat-- so that people can drink mama's milk instead of them. The dairy industry directly supports the veal industry. Cows are often culled and killed when their milk production drops or when they become ill-- with mastitis for example. They go on to become hamburger meat. No one has to check with an animal rights group... they can verify that with the USDA.. It's a fact too, and one of the reasons why I made the tough choice to give up cheese and go vegan long ago. In the egg industry, male chickens are picked out and killed at the hatchery where they produce chickens that will go on to lay eggs. Only the females lay eggs-- The males are killed because they have no value to the hatchery. The females go on to lay eggs, where they are often packed into battery cages with about as much living space as one sheet of paper. They have their beaks cut so they won't peck other hens in the cage with them. When their egg production declines, they are pulled out, killed, and replaced with other hens who can lay more eggs to make the farmer money. So there is little room for an ovo-lacto vegetarian to judge harshly a pescetarian who wants to eat less animals and move towards eating even less animals.
It's a crazy world. We all make the best choices we can, and do what we feel is right. Any time someone makes the decision to eat less meat, or go vegetarian, or go pescetarian, they are making a difference for animals, for themselves, and for the environment.
If you must eat fish, please eat caught wild fish rather than farmed fish! (and consider moving towards veganism. :D ohhhhhhhhhh! had to sneak that in.)
· 1 decade ago