One of the things that has been weighing on my conscious is my enjoyment of non-vegen things. Well, just one non-vegan thing.
My husband is an avid fisherman. He literally spends every day on the water and some of that passion has rubbed off on me. We have been fishing together for ten years (although every time I go with Kyle I feel like such a newbie because he has so much knowledge).
We went offshore yesterday as a way to celebrate 10 years being together and our 5th wedding anniversary. On that fishing trip we caught 2 mahi and kept them both.
This has been something that has been a bit of a moral dilemma for me. I started out on my vegan journey for strictly health reasons, but my reasons have shifted to more ethical and environmental reasons.
So how am I justifying going fishing and killing fish?? Am I eating them? If not, why in the world am I keeping these fish??
Well, let’s be honest even if I didn’t go fishing, Kyle would and he would keep fish big enough to keep. He doesn’t keep fish that are undersized or close to undersized. Kyle eats that fish and shares it with our family and friends. I even cook that fish for him occasionally. That’s true love right there.
But doesn’t this attitude go against everything I believe as a vegan?
I’ve struggled with this question a lot. And I can honestly say that I don’t believe it goes against everything I believe as a vegan. While I don’t choose to eat the fish (it made me sick the last time I ate fish that we caught), I don’t think that someone who eats almost entirely plant based should worry about having the occasional piece of wild-caught fish.
The fish that my husband and I fish for are completely wild, not farmed fish that are contributing to incredible environmental degradation. And again, Kyle is very aware of the impacts of over-fishing and is careful not to take fish that are honestly just inappropriate to remove from the water.
I believe we should all be as vegan as we can be. And for me and my family, choosing to go fishing occasionally and cooking those fish is the most vegan I can be.
My point in sharing this is to let you know that it’s okay to not be 100% vegan. Just be conscious and aware of the choices you are making and how those choices impact you and the world you are a part of.