Jesus People for Animals Hopes to Unite Churches With Banner and Vegan Dinner

PETA's Christian Outreach Division Calls for Churches to Unite in Favor of Compassion for Animals

For Immediate Release:
May 21, 2015

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Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Fountain Hills, Ariz. – In the wake of reports that conservative churches in Fountain Hills are posting large “Fact or Fiction?” banners questioning the theology of a local progressive church, Jesus People for Animals—PETA’s Christian outreach division—is rushing a peacemaking offer to all parties involved: a banner and a tasty vegan dinner that all compassionate people can stand behind. The banner reads, “Fact: Eating Meat and Dairy Supports Cruelty to Animals. Be Kind to All. Go Vegan.”

“No matter what denomination one is, we can agree on one very real truth—that cruelty to animals is wrong, and as stewards, we are called to stop it,” says PETA Director of Christian Outreach and Engagement Sarah Withrow King. “Jesus People for Animals’ suggested banner will remind all congregations in the community that three times a day, we have the opportunity to make the world a kinder and more compassionate place simply by leaving animals off our plates.”

Jesus People for Animals—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—encourages people who are concerned about the well-being of animals to opt for plant-based meals. In the industrialized meat industry, chickens and turkeys have their throats cut while they’re still conscious, piglets are castrated and have their tails cut off without any painkillers, and cows are hung upside down and often skinned while they’re still able to feel pain. Also, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, strokes, and cancer have all been conclusively linked to the consumption of meat and other animal-derived products.

Jesus People for Animals’ letter is available upon request. For more information, please visit JesusPeopleForAnimals.com.

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