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Hi,I am 13 and I just decided I wanted to be a vegetarian so I don't know much about it, I started looking stuff up, and lots of people say that you can't eat fish. Is that true?<br>
Because I talked with my mother's friend and she is vegetarian and she eats fish.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":huh:"> But I still need to know the basics of vegetarianism, please respond <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Nope, vegetarians cannot eat fish because fish are animals. If you eat any animals, you're not a vegetarian!<br><br>
You should order a <a href="http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/free-vegetarian-starter-kit.aspx" target="_blank">Vegetarian Starter Kit</a>, that will answer a lot of questions for you. Also keep looking around the boards here and feel free to ask any questions. Welcome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Your mother's friend is not a vegetarian. Vegetarian means no flesh.<br><br>
There is a ton of information out there. There is a lot of helpful people here and a teen forum as well. I am sure that the other teens there can help a lot too.
 

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Your mother's friend is a pescatarian, not a vegetarian. This is a great place to find information you need to get started.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>julz</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2855706"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Your mother's friend is not a vegetarian. Vegetarian means no flesh.<br><br>
There is a ton of information out there. There is a lot of helpful people here and a teen forum as well. I am sure that the other teens there can help a lot too.</div>
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Actually "vegetarian" means a person who follows a strictly plan based diet. It means you don't eat meat, eggs, or dairy.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>MikeLines</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2855721"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Actually "vegetarian" means a person who follows a strictly plan based diet. It means you don't eat meat, eggs, or dairy.</div>
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For simplicity's sake for a our new member, "vegetarian" generally includes lacto-ovo vegetarians, who eat eggs or dairy. We could argue about technicalities, but the most common, accepted usage is not eating any animal flesh.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>MikeLines</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2855721"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Actually "vegetarian" means a person who follows a strictly plan based diet. It means you don't eat meat, eggs, or dairy.</div>
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I've never heard that before? I thought that was the definition of vegan.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>julz</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2855757"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I've never heard that before? I thought that was the definition of vegan.</div>
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To be a vegan means that along with not consuming animal products you also don't use them in your daily life. You don't buy fur, leather, wool, down, etc and avoid products tested on animals. It's a 100% animal free lifestyle.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>heatherann1220</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2855842"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
To be a vegan means that along with not consuming animal products you also don't use them in your daily life. You don't buy fur, leather, wool, down, etc and avoid products tested on animals. It's a 100% animal free lifestyle.</div>
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Generally you also devote your life to activism and education.
 

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I've never heard that before? I thought that was the definition of vegan.</div>
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That is the true meaning of vegetarianism. Vegans follow a vegetarian diet, but veganism is so much more than just a diet. That is where vegans and vegetarians differ.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>dormouse</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2855755"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
For simplicity's sake for a our new member, "vegetarian" generally includes lacto-ovo vegetarians, who eat eggs or dairy. We could argue about technicalities, but the most common, accepted usage is not eating any animal flesh.</div>
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That's how I have always understood the difference. And that's the definition you would typically find in the dictionary. But I do think that the way a community defines itself is more important.
 
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