Media Statement: PETA’s Jesus People for Animals Calls Pope’s Pronouncement a ‘Roadmap to Vegan Living’

For Immediate Release:
June 16, 2015

Shakira Croce 202-483-7382

Director Sarah Withrow King of Jesus People for Animals —PETA’s Christian outreach division—released a statement in response to the leaked draft of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment:

Jesus People for Animals is extremely encouraged by His Holiness’ historic charge to care for God’s world and not—as he aptly describes it—to own, dominate, and loot it. It seems that His Holiness must really understand the violence of the meat industry and the environmental devastation wrought by animal agriculture, which leads us to remind Christians that the simplest way to protect God’s whole creation is to stop eating animals—and really “do unto others” as we’d have them do to us.

More information about Jesus People for Animals—which shares PETA’s motto that “animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way”—is available at

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