A few minutes ago my mother was talking to a care-giver for my wife. My mother is an extremely devout Catholic and made the comment about fish not being meat. The care-giver seems somewhat easy to influence, so in order to keep my mom from passing along false information, I said that fish was not considered meat by the church for such things as Good Friday, but it’s still technically meat. She argued with me about it and I just dropped the subject.
Anyway, I went searching on Google to find why fish isn’t considered meat, and I ran across this:
I tried Googling, but my Google-fu is weak. So, is what’s in the quotes true?
This may or may not be germane, but during the foot and mouth crisis I took a ferry from the UK to Ireland, and was searched at the port in Dublin. The guy said “do you have any animal products in the car?” I said “Yes, I have half a chicken sandwich,” and he replied “That’s OK, I’m only looking for meat.” I heard this distinction between bird/fish flesh and livestock flesh several times in Ireland.