Pope’s Historic Call for Climate-Change Action Should Mean an End to Animal Agriculture

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In the wake of Pope Francis’ call for action on climate change, a sky-borne message flew over Rome today proclaiming, “Pope’s Message Requires Us All to GO VEGAN!”

PETA hopes to enlighten Rome’s residents, pointing out that every discussion of climate change should include mention of the devastating effects of the meat, egg, and dairy industries—which guzzle natural resources, including ground water and top soil, and cause deforestation and the pollution of soil and waterways at an alarming rate.

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In Laudato Si’, his exhaustive letter to the Catholic Church on caring for the environment, Pope Francis’ message is that we must respect God’s creation and care for the Earth. Fortunately, all caring people have to do to reduce their carbon footprint is switch to environmentally friendly vegan foods.

The Worldwatch Institute estimates that animal agriculture is responsible for 51 percent of human-caused greenhouse-gas emissions, and the University of Chicago determined that switching to a vegan diet is more effective at countering climate change than switching from a standard American car to a hybrid. According to the United Nations, a global shift toward a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate chance. It takes an amount of water equivalent to six months’ worth of showers to produce just 1 pound of meat, and animal agriculture is a major producer of the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change.

There is no such thing as a meat-eating environmentalist. And by ditching meat, not only will followers of Christ help protect the Earth, they’ll also spare animals a world of pain. In Laudato Si’, the Pope also wrote, “We are not God. … [N]owadays we 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”. “Clearly”, he wrote, “the Bible has no place for a tyrannical anthropocentrism unconcerned for other creatures”.

So, are you ready for an ecological and compassionate conversion? Order PETA’s free vegan starter kit to learn how you can live in a way that’s friendly to animals and the planet.


  • Robyn Machesney commented on June 19, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    What are you doing about this Yulin animal torturing festival in China?

    • SUE GRIFFITHS commented on July 8, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      I have signed every petition I’ve come across, dozens and dozens of them. Also to the authorities.

  • christine burgess commented on July 8, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    This so called festival is disgusting and there is no place for it in modern world. I for one will buy no more products produced in China until it is stopped full stop.

  • Anne commented on July 9, 2015 at 8:44 am

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  • june edwards commented on July 9, 2015 at 11:49 am

    This has been shared far and wide.

  • Gabriel Corza commented on July 12, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    My religious convictions dried up and died the day I realized how deafening the silence from my own religion was regarding Animals and most Social Causes. It seemed to me the all along, their silence was meant to protect and benefit the most evil of Industries and the reigning status quo of the tradesmen of Death, Exploitation and Injustice!
    Animal Abuse was the greatest ignored and condoned evil, yesterday, as well as it is today. It takes many shapes and forms and exists as a culturally accepted way of life. Bullfighting in Spain, Circuses in our towns and Cities, Meat, egg and Milk from meat factories, or just good ol’ boys having fun hunting.
    All the Academic Education, Royal Titles, Religious Principles, Moral Ethics, Philosophical Demagoguery, and supposed Spiritual Enlightenment become Waste, turning us into a Universal Mockery of what we claim to be as a Superior Species, when we allow such abuses to take place and accept it as an acceptable way of life. Unless we dispose ourselves of this shame the terms “kindness, love and mercy” have no place in our lives…This must end, if we are ever to rise from under the pile of dung we live under, as Humans.

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