We Sent These ‘Nuns’ to Meet the Pope in Lund
During his visit to Lund Cathedral in Sweden, Pope Francis was greeted by activists dressed as nuns with the message that eating meat is a bad habit.
These PETA supporters welcomed the pope to Sweden and highlighted that animal agriculture and eating meat go against the Christian teachings of love and kindness. They encouraged everyone to choose vegan meals in keeping with his statements that call for protection of animals and the environment.
In his 2015 treatise Laudato si’, the pope wrote about the importance of treating animals with kindness, saying, “Every act of cruelty towards any creature is ‘contrary to human dignity'”. In the meat industry, chickens’ throats are cut while they’re still conscious, piglets are castrated and their tails are cut off without anaesthetics, cows are hung upside down and often skinned while they’re still able to feel pain, and fish suffocate or are cut open while still alive on the decks of fishing boats. Eating meat and supporting this cruelty are contrary to his statements.
Showing mercy to the billions of animals horrifically killed for food each year is a clear extension of the Christian teachings of love and compassion for those who are weak, vulnerable, and different from us.
Everyone, Catholic or not, can embrace compassionate values by switching to vegan meals. Order PETA’s free vegan starter kit for inspiration.