Fact: fish is commonly served whole instead of as fillets in Chinese cuisine.
I try to point the server toward the other edge of the long table away from me but saw that the space in front of me really is the only open space on the table. As the server puts down the plate, I quickly thought to myself that I shouldn't be bothered since I've seen whole fish served numerous times growing up in an Asian household.
I was wrong. My eyes met the fish's eye, and followed down the rest of its open and curved body, and I covered my face with both my hands, unprepared for what's about to happen. The fish had the most panicked and painful expression on her face, with her broken body laid to its side on the plate. I just couldn't control the flood of emotions imagining how this fish suffered her whole life mostly likely growing up in a crowded and disease-laden fish farm and struggled prior to her death to end up here as a part of dinner. As a proceeded to weep holding on to the back of my seat, my mom immediately relocated the plate away from me and I began to collect myself, being shocked myself at what just happened in front of a whole restaurant of people.
My explanation for my heightened sensitivity that night to seeing something I had seen many times before in my life is that my blinders have come off, and my x-ray vision is working as bite size vegan describes. I am no longer affected by years and years of social conditioning to eat animals without as much as a thought. I know most of my readers are non-vegans, so this may make no sense or even sound ridiculous to you. Heck even I was surprised at my own emotions! Please do yourself a favor and click on the link above to read a genuine explanation for why vegans can be so sensitive around animal products, and why vegans see more than just a piece of cheese or an egg on a plate.
People tend to dismiss fish, perhaps because it is more difficult for them to relate to them as compared to cats and dogs. How many times have you heard someone say "I'm vegetarian, except I eat fish"? I've also heard of more people being pescetarians than any other type of vegetarian. I have always been puzzled by this because I never viewed fish as any less significant than any other earth-dwelling animal. The problem with specism towards fish is that fish are indeed sentient animals with a central nervous system that absolutely feel pain.
Also, if you are at all concerned about our oceans, please watch the video below to learn about what fishing does to our beautiful oceans and what it means for us human beings.