Benjamin Franklin became a vegetarian at the age of 16 but gave it up when he was on a boat and someone was frying fish and it smelled delicious. When the fish was cut open Franklin could see smaller fish inside. If this were me I would have said to myself “Dammit! If this fish could go around eating other fish I’m gonna eat the hell out of it!” Of course, Thomas Jefferson never asked me to edit the Declaration of Independence so perhaps Franklin chose his words more carefully when he said of the incident:
…when the Fish were opened, I saw smaller Fish taken out of their Stomachs: Then thought I, if you eat one another, I don’t see why we mayn’t eat you. So I din’d upon Cod very heartily and continu’d to eat with other People, returning only now and than occasionally to a vegetable Diet. So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable Creature, since it enables one to find or make a Reason for every thing one has a mind to do.”
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