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03 September 2003

Lapsed vegetarian

I very recently started eating fish again after 10 years of vegetarianism. They choose now to report that:

Fish are regarded as steeped in social intelligence, pursuing Machiavellian strategies of manipulation, punishment and reconciliation, exhibiting stable cultural traditions, and co-operating to inspect predators and catch food.

Recent research had shown that fish recognised individual shoal mates, social prestige and even tracked relationships.

Scientists had also observed them using tools, building complex nests and exhibiting long-term memories.

The Ape and the Sushi Master had nothing to say about cultured fish.

No wonder the Vegetarian Society has launched its Fishconceptions Campaign:

Planted any red herrings this year? Tuna coming up nicely? Been offered a nice 'vegetarian' salmon steak lately? You could be suffering from fishconceptions. We can help!

Spot the difference

Hmmmm, further thought is clearly required but can I just say - in my defence - that I have never called myself a pesco-vegetarian or pescetarian?

Reading list for self:

  • Fishing hurts
  • One boat, one line, no bait

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