1) “Meat” means all animals killed for human consumption. This also of course includes fish which, like all other vertebrates, feel pain and are therefore capable of suffering. It seems necessary to point this out because it can happen that pescetarians (i.e. people who eat fish but no other animals) describe themselves as vegetarians, and that vegetarians are offered fish dishes in restaurants.
2) In this text, the terms “vegetarianism”, “vegetarian” and so on refer to all forms of vegetarian nutrition and the vegetarian lifestyle – including and especially the vegan diet, of course –, unless any differentiation is explicitly made. This approach does not aim to equate vegetarianism and veganism, but instead to make the text easier to follow. Also, and above all, it is because the change to veganism is very often made via vegetarianism.
Veganism is without doubt the most consistent and effective form of vegetarianism.
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