PETA Offers Provocative ‘Peas’ Pipe to Warring Oklahoma Faith Groups

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

Last year, a Christian group placed a monument of the Ten Commandments at the Oklahoma Capitol building after winning approval from legislators. The monument wasn’t in place long before a Hindu group also applied to place monuments on the Capitol grounds and a full-fledged religious row ensued. PETA is wading into the wrangling with what we hope will be an agreeable solution for everyone—and will get our animal-friendly message out at the same time.

We’ve applied for permission to place this banner at the Capitol:

Kindness and compassion are fundamental principles of every major faith. But the meat industry is arguably the most violent institution that is still supported, even if unwittingly, by otherwise nonviolent people. Our banner will point out that the Christian tenet “Blessed are the merciful” is something that we can all agree on and that it should surely mean showing mercy to all, not just to those who share the same number of legs—and commandments—with us.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind