For humans, a vegetarian lifestyle is preferred, but not obligatory for all humankind. Consuming meat and dairy products can have negative effects on the ability to hear the Pure Sound of the Divine. By “Pure Sound” is meant suis. (See the article on Suis here). Essentially, an adult is responsible for his or her own choices in life. Some have asked about fish and poultry, because in some religious traditions, these types of foods are often used as meat substitutes. Actually, these are directly mentioned in the Oahspe. For Essene Faithists, meat refers to all living, breathing creatures — thus this would include both fish and poultry.