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Connecticut prison to vegetarian inmate: Fish doesn’t count as meat

A Connecticut inmate is complaining that prison officials are feeding him seafood for dinner three times a week, telling the practicing Buddhist and vegetarian that fish doesn't count as meat.

Does fish count as meat? Plenty of seafood eaters, myself included, round themselves up to vegetarians. The term "pescaterian," while technically more accurate, is a bit unwieldy. Buddhism, according to the Associated Press, doesn't require that its practitioners follow a vegetarian diet -- the decision to do so can be seen as part of a "Buddhist lifestyle of nonviolence" -- so there are no hard and fast rules for what is and isn't allowed.

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