Written by Vegetarian Star on December 22nd, 2009 in Food & Drink.
When Pope Benedict XVI issued a statement regarding World Day of Peace on January 1 and protecting the environment, PETA’s Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, Bruce Friedrich, took the opportunity to ask him to serve only vegan meals at the Vatican.
“On behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and our more than 2 million members and supporters worldwide, we applaud your strong exhortations for environmental protection, and we urge you to consider the fact that the most effective action an individual can take to fight climate change is to go vegan (which means not consuming poultry, fish, meat, eggs or dairy products).”
Pope Benedict XVI has spoken out on animal welfare issues before, like factory farming and the production of foie gras.
When asked by German journalist, Peter Seewald, “Are we allowed to make use of animals, and even to eat them?” His Holiness answered:
“At any rate, we can see that they are given into our care, that we cannot just do whatever we want with them. Animals, too, are God’s creatures. Certainly, a sort of industrial use of creatures, so that geese are fed in such a way as to produce as large a liver as possible, or hens live so packed together that they become just caricatures of birds, this degrading of living creatures to a commodity seems to me in fact to contradict the relationship of mutuality that comes across in the Bible.”
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