For Vegetarians Who Sometimes Eat Seafood
- For Vegetarians Who Sometimes Eat Seafood
Fish feel no pain.
How can that be?
In truth, it cannot be, yet, many
people consume fish as an alternative to
meat consumption, accepting that illogical
I do not eat seafood because of health and ethical
reasons. If you seek more information regarding
either factor, please visit PETA's website:
The amount of information on that website will pull you
in, hook, line, and sinker.
I am primarily concerned with your body and your health.
Farm-raised fish are kept in horrendous conditions. Imagine
thousands of fish lving in a confined area in which slime and
fish feces are continuously consumed from bodies touching bodies
in which fish are unable to swim, for lack of room. Farm-raised
fish suffer this way througout their confined lives. Ocean-raised
fish swim free, but those creatures living atop their own food
chain consume the pesticides and heavy metals (such as mercury)
and dioxins and radioative accidents from tens of thousands of
meals from smaller creatures which in turn have consumed
millions of tainted and polluted diatoms.
When you eat animal proteins, be they from fish, eggs,
chicken, beef, pork, or dairy, they will create an
acid condition in your blood. Imagine the essence of
stinky rotten eggs infusing into your bloodstream.
We cannot afford to lose bone density, but this is
how your body compensates, by leeching calcium from
your bones in order to neutralize the acid. Dr. William
Castelli, lead researcher of the Framingham heart study
(America's largest heart study) identifies homocysteine
as the key to all heart disease.
Animal protein contains a large amount of cysteine and
methionine, the two amino acids which your body uses
to manufacture homocysteine. Methionine and cysteine
contain sulfur as their center atom.
So, that is the primary reason I avoid seafood, even
though I once enjoyed eating mollusks and fish. Combined
with the way they are harvested, and the concentrated
chemicals within their flesh, I've eliminated seafood
from my diet.
If you were eliminating one food group at a time,
with the goal of eating a plant-based diet as I do,
here is the order that I would advise seeing you
give up food groups:
FIRST: Eliminate all milk and dairy
SECOND: Eliminate all poultry and eggs
THIRD: Eliminate all seafood
FOURTH: Eliminate all pork
FIFTH: Eliminate all beef
As a rule, the higher up one goes on the food chain,
the more concentrated are the toxins, heavy metals,
pesticides, dioxins, and PCBs in their flesh and
body fluids. Most seafood is unlike farm-raised meats
in that regard.
Large fish are predatory in nature, eating thousands
of smaller living creatures before you ultimately ingest
their body fat and proteins. The same cannot be said for
farm-raised animals eating a plant-based diet.
"If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise."
- William Butler Yeats
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Yesterday (January 15, 2014), fishing made news on two
fronts. First, The United States House of Representatives
passed a Bill containing $75 million in disaster aid to
commercial fishermen. Second, it was revealed that
commercial fishermen have taken fish (black sea bream)
containing deadly levels of radioactive cesium tested at
12,400 becquerels per kilogram which is 124 times the
safe human threshold for human consumption. The fish
contamination resulted from the 2011 Japanese Fukushima
power plant nuclear disaster.
Eating fish is not healthy for the human body, but
delivering pain to fish is not healthy for the human
spirit, when pain and suffering is justified by so many.
Fish feel no pain. How can that be? In truth, it cannot be,
and yet, many people consume fish as an alternative to meat
consumption, accepting the illogical feel-good argument
that fish do not react in pain as sharp knives slice
through their bodies releasing organs, and through their
heads, delivering to a fish its final conscious experience.
I do not eat seafood because of health and ethical reasons.
The primary reason to consume a plant-based diet is compassion
for your own body and your health. Farm-raised fish are kept
in horrendous conditions. Imagine thousands of fish living
in a confined feeding and confined defecating man-made pond
in which slime and fish feces are continuously consumed from
bodies touching bodies in which fish are unable to swim, for
lack of room. Farm-raised fish suffer this way throughout
their cramped lives.
Ocean-raised fish swim free, but those creatures living atop
their own food chain consume the pesticides and heavy metals
(such as mercury) and dioxins and radioactive accidents from
tens of thousands of meals from smaller creatures, which, in
turn, have consumed millions of tainted and polluted diatoms.
Typical fishermen are armed with a pole and some hooks and
some bait and a past history and a future intention. Yet,
little thought is given to the thousands or millions of
injuries which occur each year from lost or discarded
monofilament fishing line, steel-tipped lures and hooks,
and lead weights which become swallowed up by bottom-feeding
Many creatures are intentionally impaled by fishing hooks.
These bait animals include creatures able to writhe with pain
such as tiny fish hooked through the eye socket, or frogs
hooked through the leg and body.
Many sports fisherman catch and release their prey, out of
compassion, mistakenly believing that such behavior extend
a living creature's life. In many cases, they pull out the
animal's internal organs during the process of extracting
a deeply embedded hook. Such do-gooders exhaust a fish
during the hunt, and remove the protective mucus which
covers their gills and scales. Fishing takes away from
a sea creature's natural ability to defend itself.
Although fish cannot talk to express their pain, nor run
away to elude a fisherman's knife, the fish nerves and
feelings and death are all part of an experience which
ends their lives with extreme pain and injustice.
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"Think occasionally of the suffering of
which you spare yourself the sight."
- Albert Schweitzer