Why fish is not a vegetable
I feel so sorry for fish. For some reason they slip out of the “meat” category and fall somewhere below chicken and just above potato. You hear those confused vegetarians all the time going around saying, “Oh I don’t eat any meat, but I do eat a little fish.” I was one of them. Salmon was one of last animals to leave my food supply.
If you also fall into this category, what I’m about to say may come as a bit of a surprise. If it has a heartbeat, a blood supply and a mother, it is meat! Fish is just as much meat as a cow, pig, lamb or chicken. They still bleed, and they definitely still feel pain when they are killed – the only difference is that they are relatively out of sight, and we can’t hear their cries.
Sea animals aren’t exempt from horrific inhumane treatment either, but this isn’t a lecture on animal welfare. I want to talk to you about the health implications of dining on our fishy friends. Whether you eat meat or not is a personal choice, and one that I certainly do not have the right to judge – my dad used to be a fisherman and my parents used to own a fish shop! I just want to share the facts I’ve learnt with you.
The fish that we love to eat fall into two main categories: farmed and wild. Farmed fish are raised in much the same environment as factory farmed animals. They are crammed into confined spaces and forced to survive in atrocious conditions. The enormous amount of feces in their enclosures leads to rampant outbreaks of parasites and disease. In order to keep the fish alive in such unhealthy conditions, large quantities of antibiotics and other chemicals are poured into the water. Farmed fish are fed a tasty diet of junk grains, soy meal, corn gluten meal, chemicals and neurotoxins. Everything the fish endures, is consumed by you when you eat it!
Wild caught fish is a little better, but still not great. Most of it is full of mercury (with the exception of the odd sardine) – which is the second most toxic element on Earth next to radiation.
So where do you stand on the whole eating fish issue? Were you aware that they are just as unhealthy and treated just as badly as factory farmed animals? Do you care? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
I’ve posted this video before, but it is so powerful and it really documents where fish really come from.
Positive affirmation for the day: I have the power to choose how I feel in this moment. I choose to let go of thoughts that are negative and destructive. All is well in my world.
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