(Closed) question for my pescatarian bees

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Darling Husband and I were vegetarian for quite some time and then started incorporating fish into our diet. Part of it was convenience and part of it was the protein issue. I like beans/lentils but I don’t necessarily love them enough to eat them daily. As for the convenience issue, some place just don’t have vegetarian options or you’re relegated to literally a salad with iceberg lettuce. For example, we were in HI and it was really challenging finding healthy, fulfilling meals without adding at least an animal protein when we were dining out. So at home and most of the time when we eat out, we do our best to go vegetarian. However, we’re not opposed to fish if it’s available and sounds like the best option for a well-balanced meal. I only try to eat sustainable seafood, like what is listed in the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch list. I keep the app on my phone and I do look things up prior to ordering.

I don’t feel comfortable commenting on the morality of the whole situation but I think that’s definitely something worth considering. It’s up to you where you want to draw the line.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

When I went vegetarian it was for a plethora or reasons I won’t bother going into, but when I did make the decision I told myself I would do what felt right for me and I wouldn’t withhold things from myself if I really wanted them. After about a year I was really, really missing seafood (sushi in particular) so now I’ve put fish back into my diet. One of the reasons I went veg was digestive, and I found fish doesn’t bother me and my body can handle it. Also I’m Italian and my family nearly flipped out when I went veg and I know it makes it so much easier on my mother to know I will eat a small peice of fish when I’m over.

 

I agree with the PP – someone’s diet is a very personal decision and you have to determine where your morality lies. Perhaps researching sustainable fisheries will help you to decide how you feel about it. 

Post # 6
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1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t make the distinction between animals myself, but my friends who do justify it based on mammals being “higher order” animals who are more capable and cognizant of their own suffering.

Personally, I find the moral distinction between factory-farmed animals and humanely-raised animals more compelling – when I do eat meat, I usually buy it at the farmer’s market from vendors whose animal husbandry I respect. In other words, I am willing to kill animals – I’m just not willing to torture them first.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@wrkbrk:  Since you’re interested in sustainable seafood, here’s the link to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch list. They have an app which I use on my iPhone and it’s updated pretty frequently. It’s tricky when you’re dining at a restaurant that doesn’t describe their seafood in detail (e.g. shrimp vs Wild Caught Canadian Spot Prawn) but it’s better than nothing. I’ve noticed at most nicer restaurants, the seafood is usually pretty descriptive.

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

I have been a pescetarian for almost a decade (Holy cow!) because I do not like the taste of turkey and refuse to eat pork.  I rarely was eating chicken and beef as well and I love seafood.  That being said, I decided not to go full vegetarian because of my love of seafood but also because of the oils and vitamins that are in seafood, plus it adds a little bit something different to your tastebuds.  I know my sister refuses to eat shrimp because one day at the beach when she was like, 10, she had a pet shrimp for a few hours.  She’s now in her 30s and still won’t eat it. lol But she loves fish and does not have a problem with it.  Besides that, you need protein, the omegas, oils and vitamins that you will get from the fish.

Personally, I also can’t absorb medication from pills (medical issues) so eating it is the best way for me.  Which is also why I have been ordered by my doctor to reintroduce red meat into my diet.  So NOT happy about that!

Good luck!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@wrkbrk:  I worked for an environmental non-profit that was an advocate of eating only sustainable seafood.  This means only eating fish that are caught in ethical ways, don’t put the fish in danger of becoming extinct and a variety of other factors.  There are a lot of grading systems out there that are very good, most notably from Monteray foundation and Blue Ocean Institute.  

If you believe that no animal should be eaten, period, then you should probably be a vegeterian.  However, if your concern is with the ethical nature of production of animals for food (ie: not raising them in harmful conditions, etc.) then I think sustainable seafood is an excellent option.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

@wrkbrk:  Just saw this thread … sorry I’m a few days late to the party.

 

Like a few other PPs, my big objection is to the cruelty of factory farming and industrial slaughterhouses (and my problem with it has as much or more to do with labor justice issues for the human employees in those places as it does with the treatment of the animals.) I don’t want to support that industry’s practices (like the indiscriminate use of antibiotics, feed additives, etc.) I’m also no fan of farmed fish (that’s also full of pharmaceuticals and feed additives – did you know that the flesh of farmed salmon is naturally gray, and that it has to be dyed pink so that people will buy it?), but I’m okay with occasionally eating sustainable and wild-caught seafood.

 

Theoretically I would even be okay with eating game that had lived its life freely in the wild and been caught by a hunter – except that by this point I’ve really just lost my taste for meat, and so I’d probably pass on it purely because of preference.

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