Originally Posted by LiveDreamLove
ok woah back up! If they have managed to give up all other forms of meat except fish, i still think they get credit for trying. be accepting people! we need as much people on our side as we can, and if we can get people to give up some meat, i think that's better than nothing!
I think that's jumping the gun just a bit. If someone replaces beef and chicken with fish, keeping their meat intake the same while reducing the types, I think that they are actually doing more harm than regular omnivores. By concentrating their killing on a single animal, and a particularly unsustainable one at that, they are doing more to damage the environment/ecosystem. Further, they have now moved to killing animals that require one death per meal (more or less) as opposed to cows or pigs, where a single death will feed up to hundreds for a meal. If they are trying to reduce meat intake but still have fish every once in a while, that's one thing, and is commendable, but you can't (and shouldn't) assume that is the case a priori
Originally Posted by Cassiel
Furthermore, after several years of being vegan and more years of being vegetarian before that, I've recently gone back to eating fish. I claim pescatarian, though my friends will still call me vegan because they don't quite get it. I returned to eating fish for psychological reasons, and nothing else. I needed to break my cycle anorexia, which veganism had just become another front for.
I can understand that you had/have a need to stop being vegan and start eating meat again. I can have compassion for that, and I'm not going to judge you for it. But I want to know why, when you started back up again, did you start back with fish? Why not, especially in light of the considerations mentioned earlier in the post, did you not add only some beef to your diet, or only some chicken? Why only fish?