Are frog legs considered seafood or meat?

One Friday during this past Lent, some friends and I went to a seafood buffet at a local Chinese restaurant. We didn’t hesitate to help ourselves to salmon and other types of fish, nor to “traditional” seafoods like scallops, shrimp, crab legs, and even eel and octopus. But one of the offerings was frog legs, and we got into a debate about whether or not we were able to eat it. One friend pointed out that frogs are water creatures, but another said that they are also land creatures. One friend tried to disqualify them by pointing out that they have legs - but another pointed out that we were eating crab legs, so clearly the presence of legs alone did not indicate that something was not seafood. Furthermore, while they are not fish, neither are many of the accepted forms of seafood - crustaceans, or cephalopods, for example. And they are clearly not mammals nor avians. So, for purposes of Lenten Fridays, what would you consider amphibians? (Or for that matter, testudines or squamata, in case someone gets a hankering for turtle soup or rattlesnake steak?)


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