Can Vegans Eat Fish? Everything You Need To Know!
Now, there is some controversy on whether or not vegans can eat fish or seafood, since there are some beliefs that fish don’t feel pain.
I get really annoyed when I got out in a restaurant and ask what the vegan options are – and they say “Oh we have salmon on the menu” or when family asks “so vegans eat fish and eggs, just no meat?”
Being vegan excludes ALL animal products – no eggs, no dairy, no meat, no fish! If you consume any of those foods – you are not vegan, simple as that.
Can A Vegan Eat Fish?
No, no no!
But, if fish or seafood ‘doesn’t feel pain’ – why isn’t it vegan? Because they DO feel pain, and they are living beings.
Neurobiologists have long recognized that fish have nervous systems that comprehend and respond to pain. Fish, like “higher vertebrates,” have neurotransmitters such as endorphins that relieve suffering—the only reason for their nervous systems to produce these painkillers is to alleviate pain.
If you are a new vegan and unsure, always keep in mind – that eating anything that moves, anything that’s living and has a mother – is not vegan.
People who eat fish, but not meat like chicken, beef, etc are called pescetarians.
People who do not eat meat and fish, but consume dairy and eggs – are called vegetarians.
And finally, people who consume plant-based non-animal foods are called vegans.
Simple as that, vegans do not consume any animal-based products, in fact, vegans don’t even wear animal-based clothing or make-up. Read more here regarding how to know if something is vegan.
Why do some people think that vegans eat fish?
It mostly comes from a place of lack of knowledge on veganism.
Personally, I don’t think there is anything complicated about being a vegan – vegans simply do not consume or wear animal-based products. Simple as that.
Let’s dig a little deeper into why vegans do not eat fish…
The cruelty in the fishing industry:
In longlining, ships unreel up to 50 miles of line, each with hundreds of thousands of baited hooks. Gill nets, which range from 300 feet to seven miles in length, create large walls of nets that fish are unable to see. They inadvertently swim into them and many will suffocate or bleed to death
In the United States, unfortunately, fish are not covered by the Humane Slaughter Act. (Even the humane Slaughter Act sounds absolutely ridiculous, how can a slaughter of any kind be humane?) Anyways, so due to fish not being covered by the Humane Slaughter Act – they are murdered in any cruel desired way possible.
Once the fish is caught, they are usually removed from the water and left to suffocate and die before being chopped and processed, whatever.
Why is Industrial fishing bad for the environment?
Factory farming of fish can lead to toxic water conditions. Ammonia, nitrates, and parasites all have severe consequences.
Industrial-scale fishing operations have similarly devastating effects on the environment. Commercial fishing operations often use giant trawlers which scrape up fish – and everything else – off the ocean floor. This results in as much as 40 percent of the global catch are discarded overboard as bycatch.
So this was my quick guide on Can Vegans Eat Fish Everything You Need To Know – I hope you found it helpful, and hopefully more people are awakened by the cruelty of the fish industry and hopefully transition to veganism.
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Thanks for reading – thanks for always questioning and trying to learn, and thanks for being here! I see you, and I appreciate you.