For Immediate Release:
April 11, 2022
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
San Francisco – Ahead of Orthodox Easter on April 24, PETA’s Christian outreach division, LAMBS, has sent letters to every Greek Orthodox church in the city with a new and different offer: PETA will provide them with free vegan lamb so that everyone can enjoy a truly merciful holiday. PETA is calling the initiative “VEaster” and believes that congregants—particularly young ones who polls show are most interested in shying away from meat—would be thrilled by the switch.
“Easter is a time of compassion, and how wonderful it would be if we extended that consideration to lambs,” writes PETA Vice President Dan Paden. “PETA encourages everyone to recognize that animals deserve our mercy and want to live and enjoy the sun on their faces, as God intended.”
Lambs slaughtered today for food are invariably confined to filthy, crowded feedlots. Their tails are chopped off within weeks of birth, and the males are castrated without pain relief. At slaughterhouses, the young, gentle animals are slashed across the throat, sometimes while they’re completely conscious.
Among recipients of the letters are Presbyter Aris Metrakos of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Pastor Peter Salmas of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross, and Presiding Priest Stephen Kyriacou of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. LAMBS’ letters are available upon request.