I have just recently stopped eating seafood after years of not eating other meat, and it was the book Eating Animals that changed my perception of fishing, and the fish themselves. My revulsion of factory farming was the easiest way for me to stop eating seafood, as I could immediately relate modern farming of land animals to the mass destruction of the ocean and its inhabitants. I also grew up camping and fishing with my father and uncles, attaching nature and relaxation to the needless killing of sentient beings. Long after I had made a conscious decision to stop eating animals as a little girl, I continued to eat other animals from the ocean, and it has taken me another decade or so to realize how ignorant and hypocritical that was.
I think the common idea of fish not having any feelings is very convenient for societies that destroy and consume sea-life so recklessly… It is in no way wrong to not eat animals, yet it is a lifestyle so carelessly oppressed. I will not let myself be silenced any longer. —April 16, 2013