Just ask someone who fishes and has been outsmarted or, more graphically, who has heard a lobster scream in agony when it is boiled.
Fish have a conscious, are “intelligent” and feel emotions. In other words, are sentient beings. Maybe not at a level as some land animals or sea mammals, but that does not give us permission add them to our diet.
The world renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle says, “I wouldn’t deliberately eat a grouper any more than I’d eat a cocker spaniel.” Fish, she explains, “are sensitive, they have personalities; they hurt when they’re wounded.”
Plus there have been recent reports of fish mislabeling, extinctions, heavy metal and toxin contamination and slave labor fishing vessels.
In addition we just don’t need to eat fish or other sea creatures to stay healthy. Plenty of studies exist that fish oil, or more precisely, omega-6 and omega-3, provide benefits, for our hearts and possibly our minds. Now, there are many studies that prove these EFAs, essential fatty acids, can be easily gotten from plants and are just as effective.
Just as rich sources of omega-3 can be found in flaxseeds, canola, soya oil and walnuts. Which are less expensive and do not require the taking of a life.