Jesus People for Animals Asks Alexa Sexton to Continue Setting an Example of Inclusive Christian Kindness
For Immediate Release:
May 8, 2015
David Perle 202-483-7382
Bristol, Tenn. – Inspired by her Christian faith, Bristol resident Alexa Sexton did something beautiful: She celebrated her 21st birthday by performing 21 acts of kindness for others. And in a letter sent to Sexton today, Jesus People for Animals—PETA’s Christian outreach division—encourages her to keep going by pledging to go vegan for 21 days.
“Christians have been given the important responsibility of protecting God’s creatures—and this is a call to extend that kindness to the pigs, cows, chickens, and other animals who endure miserable lives and terrifying deaths in the food industry,” says Jesus People for Animals Director Sarah Withrow King. “Jesus People for Animals has been inspired by Alexa Sexton’s acts of kindness, and we hope she’ll inspire others to show kindness to animals by demonstrating how easy it is to respect all creation by going vegan.”
Jesus People for Animals, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat,” will be sending Sexton a vegan gift basket—filled with a selection of vegan cookbooks as well as vegan meats, cheeses, and snacks—to help her get started.
For more information, please visit JesusPeopleForAnimals.com.
Jesus People for Animals’ letter to Alexa Sexton follows.
May 8, 2015
Dear Ms. Sexton,
As a fellow Christian, I’m writing on behalf of Jesus People for Animals, PETA’s Christian outreach division, to applaud you for the 21 acts of kindness that you performed to celebrate your 21st birthday. May I ask you to continue your compassionate actions by going vegan for 21 days? I’ll explain how helpful this would be.
To help make your commitment not only kind but also delicious, we’ve sent you a gift basket filled with plant-based essentials such as vegan meats, cheeses, and snacks as well as a couple of our favorite vegan cookbooks. But here’s why I’m asking you to set this wonderful example:
As you know, Christians have been given the important responsibility of protecting God’s creatures. Yet animals raised and killed for meat, dairy products, and eggs are forced to live in cages so small that they can’t extend their limbs or lie down comfortably. Baby pigs are castrated, baby chickens have their beaks chopped off, and young calves have their horns carved out of their skulls, brands burned into their skin, and more—all without any painkillers. Many will never have felt the warmth of the sun, formed friendships, roamed free, or done any of the other things that God intended for them before they are crammed into trucks and driven to the slaughterhouse, where their throats are often slit while they’re still conscious and able to feel pain.
Your acts touched the receivers of your kindness and inspired people all over the country. As you said, “You never know what small act of kindness will impact someone for the Kingdom of God.” We agree and hope you’ll now show that wonderful kindness to animals, too—and inspire others to help stop animal abuse—by going vegan for 21 days, an act that would protect God’s creatures from harm.
Thank you for your consideration.
Grace and peace,
Sarah Withrow King
Director of Christian Outreach and Engagement