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 text concerns itself primarily with the issue of meat/meat-free nutrition and the meat-free lifestyle and the change to veganism is usually made via vegetarianism.
Veganism is without doubt the most consistent and effective form of vegetarianism.
Answers to the question “Why vegan?” can be found
in the links provided under Recommendations for further reading, while
(personal) thoughts on veganism and parenting can be found in the section Who &
why? on this website.
3) If you want to read this text all the way through rather than have it divided up into individual sections, or you want to print out more than one section, a PDF containing the entire text (including references and recommendations for further reading) is available for download here:
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