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St. Francis Bestows Blessings

Written by PETA | July 8, 2010

Even if you didn’t spend 12 years in Catholic school, as I did, you probably still know that St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals. He was a man who preached to birds and blessed a wolf, and it is rumored that from his deathbed, he even thanked his donkey for his years of loyalty.

In keeping with the spirit of its patron saint, who believed that God looked out for all of His creation, St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Cleveland has seen the light and agreed that giving away bunnies—or any live animals—as “prizes” is a bad idea. A vendor at the church’s annual carnival was offering live rabbits as game-booth prizes, but after hearing from us about the grim fate of animals who are given away so casually, Rev. James Caddy readily agreed not to let it happen again. We’re sending him a vegan chocolate rabbit as a token of our thanks.

The fair season is in full swing, so check out these ideas on what you can do to help all the animals who suffer and die on the summer circuit.

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • AAG says:

    TS Catholic Concern for Animals I would never leave my faith instead I work within my Catholic community to change minds and hearts and get back to who Jesus really is the embodiment of compassion and love for all of His creatures.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Good post Rev. Meg. If the only way a person can morally reconcile eating animals is by paying someone else to do their dirty work then they shouldn’t be eating them. “You have just dined and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles there is complicity.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • sally says:

    pope john paul 2 declared “All animals are souls and we must do all we can to help our smaller bretheren” also he condemned euthenasia took funding from catholic hospitals until they stopped animal experiments and thanks to brigitte bardots visits ended barbaric practices and promoted welfare. Also he didnt wear fur unlike the new pope this guy is the first pope to wear fur in decades. So that plus the fact he mentioned humans are to eat “green vegetation” means catholcism is probably the best esp franciscans who run many animal charites at least it was before the new guy. True he helped the cats of rome enormously and still does but hes no jp2 fyi those who say Jesus ate meat nowhere does it say that. It says he was “at meat” which is olde english for eating couldve been a salad! the fish was symbolic and st thomas gospel holds more proof that Jesus didnt promote meat eating! As for giving animals as prizes this must be in the U.S. apart from goldfish still bad doesnt happen here!

  • TS says:

    The Catholic church has lost so many people including me and my friends and relatives. If only St Francis would return to remind the Church about the teachings of Jesus COMPASSION. I would certainly return to the Church if the Church took on the Christian work of compassion for animals. The teachings of St Francis should be directing the Church in a way that brings it back to Jesus. And compassion for animals can do just that.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    I know this has nothing to do with giving animals as prizes but it is fair season and the Orange County Fair opens this month in California so I thought I’d share this. We were out with some friends the other night. Their son is a member of 4H and he mentioned he had raised a pig this year. He had given the pig a name so I asked this boy if that meant he had gotten emotionally attached to the animal he said he had not. He went on to tell of some of the cute things the pig had done though such as chasing other animals around the grounds and how the pig responded to him. The pig had been entered in a local fair I don’t know if he won anything. My husband asked if the boy was aware of what was going to happen to his pig after the fair ended and the boy said he knew the pig was going to be slaughtered. His parents said the kids were never allowed to watch the slaughter whereupon my husband said “The kids should be made to watch that. If they are being trained to raise animals for food they need to know how it’s done.” The parents were horrified saying it would be traumatic for the students to watch the slaughtering process and my husband responded “Well how traumatic is it for the animal to be killed while the person it has come to trust the most has vanished?”