In anticipation of World Peace Day, held on January 1st, Pope Benedict XVI has issued a statement connecting world peace with preserving the environment. In response, Bruce Friedrich, Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs for PETA, penned a letter urging his holiness to go vegan and serve only animal free meals at the Vatican.
Friedrich writes, "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)."
In 2002, when Pope Benedict XVI was known to the world as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he was asked by German journalist, Peter Seewald, "Are we allowed to make use of animals, and even to eat them?"
The current-day pontiff responded, "That is a very serious question. 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." Read the whole story here