Golden_Girl, I believe you sound like a young girl/early teen, so I am going to commend you for making the switch to a red-meat free diet so young in life. Good for you. And for the cows, chickens, pigs and so on. Many vegans and vegetarians would also commend you for this choice. Nobody hates you. It is just somewhat annoying as a committed vegan or vegetarian to hear the term misused. There is no such thing as a fish eating vegetarian, that is redundant. I understand it may be easier for you to explain it to people in this way, but if that understanding spread it would cause problems for true vegetarians. For instance, in Disneyland in France, fish is served as a vegetarian meal. You may not be aware, but fish are actually farmed quite cruelly and many are farmed in ways that they cannot swim an inch. Not all fish are captured from the open sea. There is also the question of barbarity when fish are caught with nets and hooks digging into their throats. So when true vegetarians are veg for the purpose of causing no harm to animals, and they hear a person including products which do come from animals cruelly, you can see where the annoyance comes from. Most vegetarians are not vegetarian simply because they hate the idea of killing "cute" animals - they believe all animals great and small deserve a happy life. You don't have to explain what you're doing to anybody, but why must you claim the vegetarian term? I think you're aware it doesn't apply to you. One day you might like to research Animal Liberation philosophy, and true veg nutrition. Perhaps when you move out of home you'd like to become vegetarian too. It is good to see a young person caring for animals.