The other day I got into a debate with a vegan. This person thought it was hypocritical to be so passionate about the proper care of fish or any animal for that matter & yet not be at least vegetarian if not vegan. I initially thought that this was not true, I brought to her attention that if a person only eats free range & organic meats and that as long as the animals which are eventually slaughtered for human consumption have happy & healthy lives prior to their deaths & their lives would be taken painlessly, then a person could still be an omnivore and care for all animals. This person then brought to my attention that the animals still suffer because "free range" is not what it seems. Upon doing my own research for only a short period of time, I couldn't help but agree with this person about "free range" still being cruel. For example, I found out that with chickens bred for producing eggs, all the baby male chickens are often ground up whilst still alive as they have no use in the egg industry. This horrified me & I haven't eaten an egg since. Still I persisted with my argument that if you are going to buy a pet whether it is a dog or a goldfish, you should provide it with the best possible care because you have accepted that responsibility. This person basically repeated themselves & said that a person could not care for animals & eat them. This person told me to question what I am saying & I have. Furthermore, this person discussed the fact that people are selective in that they would not eat a dog because it is considered a pet & not food. If I could get others opinions on this that would be great, as I feel like I need some perspective because after this debate I do feel as though it is somewhat hypocritical to care for your fish so well & be worried about them, yet eat fish.