Written by Michelle Kretzer
Christ's chief lesson to his followers
was that they should "love one another" (John 13:34). And in Philadelphia, "the city of brotherly love,"
citizens are encouraged
to embrace that sentiment. So as Philly prepares to
kick off its huge annual Easter parade, PETA has asked permission to add some
food for thought to the day, with a mobile billboard.
We're hopeful that our billboard will
encourage everyone to start showing kindness to pigs, who don't want to suffer and die to become an "Easter
In Matthew 25:40, Jesus says, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." Pigs, who are as sociable and intelligent as dogs, are abused in ways that would be illegal if dogs or cats
were the victims—so surely they are among the least powerful beings in our
We hope all Christians will act
on Christ's teachings of love and empathy, and we have a wealth of vegan recipes for Easter
to help them.
Benedict XVI resigns from the papacy, PETA hopes that the newly elected
pope will also encourage believers to respect animals, as Benedict and his
predecessor Pope John Paul
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When asked about the rights of animals in a 2002 interview, the
pope, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, responded, "That is a very serious
question. At any rate, we can see that they are given into our care, that we
cannot just do whatever we want with them. Animals, too, are God's creatures . . . Certainly,
a sort of industrial use of creatures, so
that geese are fed in such a way as to produce as large a liver as possible, or hens live so
packed together that they become just caricatures of
birds, this degrading of living creatures to a commodity seems to me in fact to
contradict the relationship of mutuality that comes across in the Bible."
You can learn more about the Bible's teachings about care and
concern for animals at JesusVeg.com.
Michigan mom Natalie
Hegedus was verbally reprimanded by a judge for discreetly breastfeeding
her child in the back of a courtroom, PETA jumped to the support of Hegedus
and other moms by seeking to place our pro-breastfeeding billboard near the Paw
Paw courtroom where the mammary melee occurred.
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is natural—stealing milk
from cows so that we can feed our
babies the milk nature intended for calves is not. The consumption of cow's
milk has been linked to asthma, constipation,
recurrent ear infections, anemia, diabetes, zits, and even cancer in children.
mothers who opt to feed their children breast milk should be commended, not
censured. Women should be encouraged to give their children the healthiest possible food and leave cow's milk
Written by PETA
As a seitan worshipper, I got a kick out of a recent letter that found its way to PETA's inbox: A PETA supporter (who wishes to remain anonymous) was preparing to barbeque some seitan—also known as "wheat meat"—when an image of Jesus Christ on the cross appeared in the godly gluten. Here's the photo he/she sent us:
It makes me wonder, WWJD if He knew that billions of animals live miserable lives and die violent, bloody deaths to sate our addiction to the taste of their flesh? Considering that His message is one of love, kindness, and mercy for all of God's creatures, I think that Jesus would say to hell with meat.
Right now, I'm going to practice the compassion that Jesus preached and grab some vegan eats …
OMG, there's an image of SpongeBob SquarePants in my block of tofu!
Written by Amy Skylark Elizabeth
Got breast milk? In the wake of a recent report that says the nation could save billions on healthcare costs if more mothers breastfed their babies, we're running a billboard in Lexington, Kentucky, that encourages people to DLJD (Do Like Jesus Did):
Kentucky has one of the lowest percentages of women who breastfeed their babies, and according to this new report, the state's children have an increased risk of falling victim to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), necrotizing enterocolitis (the death of intestinal wall tissue), lower respiratory infections such as pneumonia, and other illnesses.
Our billboard aims to show Kentucky residents that by fortifying human babies and saving the lives of cows, breast milk is also the blessed milk. Seriously—if it was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for any baby.
Written by Logan Scherer
"For…give me vegan deliciousness, father," might be the only thing that Catholics in confessionals need to say this Lent if the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops takes a tip from us. We're asking him to encourage bishops around the country to ask their pastors to go vegan for Lent and to encourage congregants to do the same. When you eat cruelty-free, you're saving lives, fighting world poverty, and curbing climate change—so you won't have quite as much on your conscience.
With the season of abstinence just two weeks away, our Pledge to Go Vegan for Lent is the easiest way for Christians to honor God's creatures, the world He entrusted to us, our own bodies, and each other.
Written by Logan Scherer
Chick-fil-A founder and lifelong Southern Baptist S. Truett Cathy wrote the book Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People, but at the Southern Baptist Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, PETA's "Jesus" and a "Chicken" were there to inspire people to eat no chicken—or any other animal.
PETA immersed convention attendees in our pro-vegetarian message, which is based on biblical teachings of love and compassion. "Jesus" carried a sign reading, "For Christ's Sake, Go Vegetarian," while the "chicken" reminded people that "Jesus loves me too." They also offered conventiongoers free copies of our "Vegetarian Starter Kit" as well as leaflets relating vegetarian living to Christian teachings.
On a related note, our Sexiest Male Vegetarian of 2009, Monty, grew up eating meat in a Southern Baptist household—until he saw the light and announced to his family that he refused to eat abused animals.
I'm a believer—that many conference attendees will alter their diets to be more compassionate by going vegetarian.
Written by Karin Bennett
In 2000, I was still busy trying to figure out how "electronic mail" worked, and PETA, for all its marketing brilliance, was still just kind of feeling its way in terms of having an Internet presence. But we did hit on a campaign that ended up having a real life of its own on the ol' World Wide Web—it was all over blogs and forums, and it's still talked about on religious websites—and, with Easter just around the corner, I thought I'd raise that burning question again:
Was Jesus a Vegetarian?
Here is the website that started the debate, and you can read some more of the controversy here. Have a great Holy Saturday, everyone!
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