Pope Francis: PETA’s 2015 Person of the Year

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The first pope to take the name of St Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, is also the first to be picked as PETA’s Person of the Year.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis earned the title for asking all citizens of the world to reject domination over God’s creation, treat animals with kindness and respect the environment – something that seems to us can only be interpreted as a subtle call to go vegan, given the well-established role of animal agriculture in climate change.

In his 2015 treatise, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis stressed the importance of treating animals with kindness, writing the following:

We have only one heart, and the same wretchedness which leads us to mistreat an animal will not be long in showing itself in our relationships with other people. Every act of cruelty towards any creature is ‘contrary to human dignity’.

He also included these important words to live by:

We are not God. … [W]e must forcefully reject the notion that our being created in God’s image and given dominion over the Earth justifies absolute domination over other creatures.

Pope Francis Person of the Year Award CertificatePope Francis is also known for his focus on environmental stewardship – a concern that PETA shares through our vegan advocacy, as, according to the United Nations, a global shift towards vegan eating is necessary in slowing the most dangerous effects of climate change, including the extinction of wildlife.

With more than a billion Catholics worldwide, Pope Francis’ animal-friendly teachings have a massive audience. His Holiness is PETA’s Person of the Year for spreading the message of kindness to all, regardless of their religion or species, and we hope people will hear his message and choose a compassionate vegan lifestyle.


  • Glenys Williams commented on December 2, 2015 at 5:02 am

    The so called human race sometimes think that other living creatures on this planet have no rights and their souls are therefore useless. Well people who think like that ARE SO SO WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Govindareddy. C commented on December 2, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    This is the message we are looking forward from other religious leaders too and very great full to you sir. I hope at least some part of community adopts to his message. Make a world slogan that animals created by god not for human consumption and to live in their life happy. If we humans can help it would be gods blessings to us.

  • Karen Weston commented on December 7, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Really? The Catholic church’s refusal to condone birth control is one of the major reasons the world is in such a fucking mess..

    • David commented on December 8, 2015 at 2:52 am

      To choose A powerful figure who represents a Billion Compassionate people is the best way to appeal to more people who may have more say in the matter.

    • Ian Thwaite commented on December 8, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      What you say is undoubtedly true. Therefore, expect to receive opprobrium.

  • Jackie White commented on December 7, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Thought this was about animals???????????? Good for him.

  • Ian Thwaite commented on December 8, 2015 at 11:52 am

    All leaders, religious as well as political, are highly adept at using the zeitgeist to further their personal aims or enhance their popularity. It’s incredible that PETA could be so comprehensively hoodwinked. All three of the so-called great monotheistic religions believe that animals are placed on this earth solely for the benefit of man, and we see examples of what this can lead to every day. “For what we are about to receive”, indeed.

  • LINDA BOYCE commented on December 8, 2015 at 2:13 pm


  • David commented on December 8, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    PETA-POPE Business or Business as usual?

  • Alessandra Ferrari commented on December 30, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Are people really so dumb and asleep that they need the Vatican to ask them to respect other living beings?

  • Jim Vaughan commented on December 31, 2015 at 8:59 am

    I’m not a Catholic, but I like that Pope Francis is breaking the mold – not least with attitudes towards animals. I’m glad PETA have chosen him for 2015. (Desmond Tutu would make another good nominee).

    Religious leaders of all stripes could do incredible good in the World if they worried less about sex, and spoke more about preventing cruelty (eg. Factory Farming), and abuse of the environment.

  • Brien Comerford commented on January 3, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    A very progressive, inclusive and compassionate Pope. That said-I posit that Brian May has deserved to be PETA’s person of the year for the past five years !

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