Papal Plea to Protect the Planet Prompts PETA Appeal to Go Vegan

Papal Plea to Protect the Planet Prompts PETA Appeal to Go Vegan

London – After Pope Francis encouraged world leaders at the United Nations (UN) climate summit to take “radical” action to address the climate crisis, PETA sent His Holiness a letter urging him to set a “powerful example” for people around the world by going vegan, calling it the “single most effective action any individual can take to curb the climate crisis”.

“We are called upon to be the caretakers of Creation, yet every time we consume meat, eggs, and dairy, we contribute to the deadly climate crisis and directly harm animals,” writes PETA Vice President of International Programmes Mimi Bekhechi.

She goes on to explain that the UN states that animal agriculture is responsible for about 14.5% of global greenhouse-gas emissions – which, by some estimates, is greater than all the world’s transportation systems combined – and that a global shift to vegan eating is needed to offset the worst effects of the climate crisis.

“And as you know, St Francis of Assisi exemplified compassion for animals, calling them our brothers and sisters under God,” Bekhechi adds. “We hope you’ll now take the next step by rejecting the cruel practices of killing animals for their flesh and stealing their eggs and milk – and opting, instead, for nutritious vegan foods.”

PETA previously named Pope Francis its Person of the Year in 2015 in honour of his treatise, Laudato Si’, in which he stressed the importance of treating animals with kindness, writing, “Every act of cruelty towards any creature is ‘contrary to human dignity’.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview – offers a free vegan starter kit filled with tips, recipes, and more on its website.

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