Good Friday Fish Fry … Hosted by PETA?

It's Vegan, of Course! PETA's Christian Outreach Division Will Sponsor Faux-Fish Twist on Traditional Meal

For Immediate Release:
April 9, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Pittsburgh – With Easter just around the corner, PETA’s Christian outreach division, LAMBS (which stands for “Least Among My Brothers and Sisters” from Matthew 25:40), will team up with the Double Wide Grill to offer a free vegan fish fry on Good Friday, a day of fasting during which Catholics are permitted only one full meatless meal. From 4 to 9 p.m., the eatery will whip up beer-battered faux-fish filets, along with crispy fries and vegan tartar sauce—and free to-go boxes will be given to the first 30 people who place an order.

“All animals, including fish, feel pain and fear and value their lives, just as humans do, so it’s a blessing to save them from being our one Good Friday meal,” says PETA Vice President Daniel Paden. “PETA and LAMBS are showing believers how easy it is to show mercy to all of God’s creation, simply by choosing delicious vegan fare.”

On Fridays during Lent as well as during Holy Week, Catholics abstain from eating meat—but because many Catholics and other Christians don’t consider fish flesh to be meat, countless parishes and organizations sell fish dinners on these days. LAMBS points out that fish killed for food slowly suffocate or are crushed to death when they’re dragged out of the oceans and that the throats and abdomens of those who survive are cut open on the decks of fishing boats. Numerous studies confirm that fish have personalities, can recognize human faces, retain memories, think ahead, and experience terrible deaths before ending up on humans’ dinner tables.

Because of COVID-19, Pittsburgh Diocese Bishop David Zubik announced that Catholics could eat meat during Lent but not on Good Friday. LAMBS points out that swine flu, mad cow disease, avian flu, SARS, and other zoonotic diseases have stemmed from farming domesticated animals or capturing animals for food. Pathogens flourish on filthy factory farms and in slaughterhouses, making them perfect breeding grounds for dangerous bacteria and viruses.

LAMBS—whose motto, in a twist on PETA’s, is “Animals are not ours. They’re God’s”—holds that being made in the image of God is a call to show compassion and mercy, not dominance and violence, and hopes that its vegan fish fry will foster kindness to animals, encourage support for local eateries, and help families who are struggling to put food on the table.

Orders can be placed by calling 412-390-1111 and picked up at Double Wide Grill’s 2339 E. Carson St. location.

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