It’s Vegan, of Course! Group’s Christian Outreach Division Will Sponsor Faux-Fish Twist on Traditional Friday Meal
For Immediate Release:
February 18, 2021
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Charlotte, N.C. – On the first Friday of Lent, PETA’s Christian outreach division, LAMBS (which stands for “Least Among My Brothers and Sisters” from Matthew 25:40), will team up with Bean Vegan Cuisine to offer a free vegan fish fry in Charlotte, the home of the largest Roman Catholic parish in the country. The first 40 in-person guests from 5 to 7 p.m. will receive a fried faux-fish fillet sandwich, along with crispy fries and vegan coleslaw, free of charge.
“Fish feel pain and fear and value their lives, just as humans do, so it’s a blessing to save them on Lenten Fridays or any other day of the year,” 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, many Catholics and other Christians abstain from eating meat—but because many of them don’t consider fish flesh to be meat, countless parishes and organizations sell fish dinners on these days. More fish are killed for food each year than all other animals combined, and they slowly suffocate or are crushed to death when they’re yanked out of the oceans in huge nets. The stomachs of those who survive are cut open on the decks of fishing boats while they’re still alive.
Each person who goes vegan saves nearly 200 animals every year; reduces their risk of suffering from cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and obesity; and can even help prevent future pandemics, as SARS, swine flu, bird flu, and COVID-19 all stemmed from confining and killing animals for food.
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. The group is also hosting vegan fish fries in two other heavily Christian cities—Providence, Rhode Island, and Etobicoke, Ontario—with the aim of fostering kindness to animals, encouraging support for local eateries, and helping families who are struggling to put food on the table.