Howard Stern's ever-increasing commitment to animal welfare issues appears to impacting his diet as well.


The famous radio host announced on Tuesday that he's become a pescetarian, otherwise known as one whose diet includes fish but no meat.


“I don’t eat chicken anymore," The Examiner quoted Stern as saying. "I’ve stopped eating chicken and turkey and all birds. I’m a pescetarian now. I just eat fish. I’m not giving that up!”


Stern's wife Beth, an animal welfare activist, reportedly follows the same diet. In 2008, the couple requested that in lieu of wedding presents, donations instead be made to the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons.


During the same radio broadcast, Stern (who turns 58 today) lashed out at Mitt Romney, telling his audience that if he could ask the Republican presidential hopeful one question, it would be in regards to an instance of animal abuse. 


“Mitt Romney seems like a fairly levelheaded guy," he said. "But there’s one story that I read about him … This sounds crazy to me. This is a real character flaw … I can’t even believe it’s true. They say that Mitt Romney had a [dog]. He had to take a long car ride. He tied the dog to the top of the car … I’m talking about — not like from his house to the drugstore … Like one of these crazy long trips — and the dog even s**t all over the [top] of the car because the dog was frightened … It shows me that this is a guy who has really whacked-out judgment. It is so bizarre to take your family pet and strap him to the top of the car … It just shows me that there’s a lack of empathy for everything living.”


Stern added: "Stern went on to say, “To me, Mitt Romney treated his dog like a mattress or a Christmas tree. This bothers me. It just doesn’t seem like good judgment … It’s like the Beverly Hillbillies. And the Beverly Hillbillies treated the critters better! I just see it as weird.”


Romney's animal story hit a much larger audience this week after Newt Gingrich used it to attack the former governor in a new campaign ad called "For the Dogs." In response, Mitt told Chris Wallace that his dog Seamus likely preferred the roof over being in the actual car. Seriously. 


"This is a completely air-tight kennel mounted on the top of our car," he said. "He climbed up there regularly, enjoyed himself. He was in a kennel at home a great deal of time as well. We loved the dog. It was where he was comfortable and we had five kids inside the car and my guess is he liked it a lot better in his kennel than he would have liked it inside."

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Howard Stern goes pescetarian
Radio shock jock says he's sticking to a diet of vegetables and fish.