|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
15th World Vegetarian Congress 1957
Two points of view are herein given:
"The desirability of not making changes in diet too
suddenly has already been emphasized; it is especially important to
bear this principle in mind when electing a change from a flesh to a
fleshless regime ... A large proportion of the failure amongst people
who have changed from a flesh to a vegetable diet can be attributed
to this cause: Many people, in fact, have so weakened their starch-digesting
powers by years of flesh-eating that though they wish to become vegetarian,
they find that they cannot digest the diet and are obliged to return
to the flesh-pots ... Would-be food reformers will do well to make important
changes in diet cautiously and gradually. Those who wish to become non-flesh-eaters
are recommended to leave off flesh-foods very gradually, spending at
least a month or two in the process; it is a good plan to leave off
the heavier kinds of meat first, keeping to fish; then leave off fish,
keeping to eggs for some time; finally (if desired) eggs may be reduced
or left off altogether."
HENRY S. SALT in "Logio of Vegetarianism" writes: "So far as organized vegetarianism is concerned, those who eat fish are not within the pale of membership; but looked at from the pure humane standpoint, it must be admitted that there is an immense difference between flesh-eating, and that those unattached food reformers, not few in number, who for humane reasons abstain from flesh, but feel justified in eating fish, hold a perfectly intelligible position. And I would further note that the very fact of there having been some disposition, wise or unwise, within the vegetarian ranks to recognize the comparative harmlessness of fish-eating, corroborates what I have asserted throughout - that the raison d'etre of vegetarianism has not been a pedantic hard-and-fast crusade against 'animal' substances, but a practical desire to abolish the horrors of the slaughter-house.
II: A TYPICAL HINDU ATTITUDE
Eggs and fish are regarded by interested persons as equivalent to vegetables and, on this account, unobjectionable to vegetarians. But no stretch of the imagination can ever exclude eggs and fish from the animal fold.
An egg is none bit the prospective animal passing through the preliminary stage of its development inside the shell and not a whit other than the one outside, later certified as the animal proper.
Fish possess all the attributes of aquatic animals, too prominent to elude the human senses.
Both eggs and fish are taboo for the vegetarian.
Dr. Jawala Prasad
The other point of view is also put forth by two children who could see with their pure little tender eyes no difference between the killing of the creatures who walked and those who swam. Who was it said: "Unless ye become as a little child, ye shall not enter the Kingdom of heaven"?