Is Fish Considered Meat?
There is a debate being waged by many that challenges whether fish fillets are meat or not. This may sounds silly to some, but it is being debated. Some vegetarians eat fish, citing that they are allowed to because fish is either not meat, or not an animal. I believe the more accurate term for this sect is Pescatarian. Fish are clearly an animal and the tasty fillets that they carry on their sides are made of protein, aka meat. I will discuss this a little bit further below.
Definition Of Meat:
The whole debate rests squarely on the shoulders of the definition of meat. You can use a general definition from a dictionary, the criteria used for the food pyramid, a religious definition, or a scientific assessment. The reason a debate even exists is because people use different definitions. For the purposes of this article we will use a scientific assessment. All meats share similarities such as being a part of an animal and being made of protein.
Fish meat is obviously from fish, a living animal. In fact, the meat is the majority of the fish, so you are almost completely consuming the entire animal. This fits the description of being a piece of an animal. Fish swim, fish eat, fish digest, fish see, fish breathe, fish bleed, and fish live.
Fish meat is high in protein, it is almost completely protein. This is because the meat is the muscle that the fish uses for movement. All muscles are made of protein. This fits the above description of meat as well.
Fish is considered a meat. Some might say that this conclusion is too simplistic, but it is really not. The only thing complicated about this matter is trying to classify a meat as something other than meat. It is a protein, and it comes from an animal. That is it, plain and simple. The only reason there is any debate is because people want to avoid thinking that they are eating meat. If you are eating fish, then you are eating meat.
Some people within the Catholic religion follow a latin definition that specifically excludes fish, seafood, and insects from the definition. This is why they eat fish on lent, but as stated before: definitions serve different purposes.
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