I was reading Shogun recently and noted that (according to the author) the Japanese, being Buddhist, did not eat meat. Much is made of their disgust at the Europeans for their filthy carnivorous habits. Yet they had no problems eating fish.
This reminded me of how Catholics are not supposed to eat meat on Fridays, but fish instead.
So why is fish not considered meat? Are fish lesser creatures that one can consume with impunity, or it simply that people have to get their protein from somewhere?