'veggies don't eat fish' friend fall out

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mrsfuzzy Thu 26-Sep-13 12:30:49

i'm a veggie i eat dairy produce, but no fish and meat nor have i done since i was a young child, i met a new friend three months ago and she asked about becoming a veggie which she was proud to tell everyone about but she still eats fish, i said that veggies didn't eat fish and that shell fish etc are 'banned' by the veggie society. i like her but she's got a bee in her bonnet and refuses to speak to me, we didn't argue about it about it at the time, i don't understand.

WaitingForMe Thu 26-Sep-13 12:33:53

She's stupid. Many suffer this affliction and few recover.

ElleMcFearsome Thu 26-Sep-13 12:35:12

Ok so she's a pescetarian. To me that's not being vegetarian, in the same way that being vegetarian isn't being vegan.

I don't eat red or white meat, any form of meat or fish but I do it out of dislike for the texture, not out of any principle so I don't term myself as veggie - that, to me, implies a diet choice made for moral reasons.

Let your friend define herself how she wishes. Is she really refusing to speak to you because you disagreed with her terminology? If so, I'd not break my heart over a 3 month old friendship.

YouTheCat Thu 26-Sep-13 12:35:20

She is stupid. She's a pescatarian.

echt Thu 26-Sep-13 12:35:34

But then how are you are veggie and eat dairy? Pot. Kettle.

ErrolTheDragon Thu 26-Sep-13 12:35:39

What an odd thing to fall out about. She's a pescatarian, not a veggie. Perhaps a shiny long name like that to tell people will cheer her up?

ElleMcFearsome Thu 26-Sep-13 12:36:24

echt lacto-ovo vegetarians eat dairy, vegan's don't?

ErrolTheDragon Thu 26-Sep-13 12:36:25

>But then how are you are veggie and eat dairy? Pot. Kettle.

Vegetarian not vegan. Surely everyone knows that?

puds11isNAUGHTYnotNAICE Thu 26-Sep-13 12:36:41

She's wrong, but who cares really? I couldn't imagine falling out over this. I think it's time to find a new friend whos less petty

ElleMcFearsome Thu 26-Sep-13 12:36:54

Argh, errant apostrophe blush

ElizabethBathory Thu 26-Sep-13 12:37:47

Yeah...I think you're better off without her!

LeGavrOrf Thu 26-Sep-13 12:38:29

That's a bit strange. Oh well. Just ignore the silly moo.

Do vegetarians eat eggs? Because I had a conversation with my stepson yesterday about rennet in Parmesan and he made a song and dance about going out to get some vegetarian Parmesan, yet this morning he had egg on toast. I asked him about it and he said essentially eggs are chicken periods and aren't animal products. I was a bit hmm about it all I must say.

harticus Thu 26-Sep-13 12:39:14

Not much of a friendship if you can fall out over something so completely pointless.
She can eat what she wants and call herself what she wants.

echt Thu 26-Sep-13 12:40:42

Lacto-ovans eat dairy is exactly like the OP's line on her friend' s status as a veggie, i.e. arbitrary.

VinegarDrinker Thu 26-Sep-13 12:41:48

Well veggies don't eat fish. So she isn't a veggie.

Yes, there is a strong argument that eating dairy as a veggie is highly hypocritical but that's a whole other argument.

(I'm veggie btw).

earlyriser Thu 26-Sep-13 12:41:53

LeGavrOrf, Parmesan contains rennet from the lining of a cow's stomach, so the cow has to die to get it. The hen (although having a miserable life) will not die in producing the egg. I think that is the difference in your stepson's eyes!

crescentmoon Thu 26-Sep-13 12:43:18

i used to call myself vegetarian until someone told me because i eat fish im actually a pescetarian. and now theres lacto-ovans as well, interesting

VinegarDrinker Thu 26-Sep-13 12:43:18

Yes, veggies eat eggs. They aren't animal flesh. And afaik commercially available eggs aren't even potential animals as they are unfertilised.

mrsfuzzy Thu 26-Sep-13 12:44:02

thanks everyone, for anyone whose not sure about the definition of vegetarian check out the vegetarian society web site, there's lots of interesting stuff. i don't eat meat/fish because of the inhumane treatment of animals, i believe that all living creatures should be respected, but i respect the freedom of choice for other people. thanks ellemc for your support.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Thu 26-Sep-13 12:44:14

Seems like a silly thing to fall out over.

My mum is a veggie but eats fish, or a pescatarian. Something I occasionally wind her up about over the years. She only eats fish as its good for her but doesn't like the taste of meat, it's hardly something to fall out over.

MalcolmTuckersMistress Thu 26-Sep-13 12:50:57

I'm a cocketarian.

Teapigging Thu 26-Sep-13 12:50:58

No, but the widespread misunderstanding that vegetarians do eat fish makes life more complicated and annoying for those of us who are lacto-ovo vegetarians who show up to someone's house, having made sure the host knew we were vegetarian and offered to bring a dish ourselves to save bother, ONLY to find ourselves faced with Mackerel Delite, because the host talked to the neighbours and 'all vegetarians love mackerel'.

LeGavrOrf Thu 26-Sep-13 12:53:18

Oh I see, thanks for clarifying. That makes a lot of sense.

He was vegan for years, I am glad he isn't any more, that made cooking and shopping extremely difficult.

He once woke up after getting plastered the night before surrounded by chicken bones and nando bags and was mortified grin

Who the bloody hell discovered rennet? Oh yes let's have some tripe scrapings, add it to the curds and whey, that will make great cheese.

BaldricksTurnip Thu 26-Sep-13 12:55:45

I would have thought the clue is in the name? Vege-tarian. Vegetables only (ok also fruit and nutssmile).

mrsjay Thu 26-Sep-13 12:55:47

I used to be a vegitarian that ate fish grin tbh all it is that a person doesn't eat meat it doesn't need a title does it, reminds me of nana royale who said can she eat thin ham barbara

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