Responding to a Pig Roast #3
Dear Pastor _____,
I learned about the Trinity Pig Roast on the Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians (SERV) e-list. As a Christian and former
carnivore, I can relate to the tradition of church celebrations involving meat eating. However, since becoming a vegetarian, I have
become more educated about how animals being raised to be killed for their flesh are treated. I can assure you that the vast majority of
these intelligent and sentient animals are treated with the kind of cruelty
documented in PETA's undercover videotapes of pig farms. Painful mutilations without anesthesia and cruel frustration of animal's
basic behavioral needs are commonplace on farms, and animals suffer greatly in transit and at slaughterhouses throughout the country. I
believe that all animals are created and loved by God and that God does not rejoice in their being tortured and killed to feed humans, who have
no nutritional need for their flesh.
For those who point to Genesis 9, in which God was supposed to have
condoned meat-eating after the flood, I believe, as do many scholars, that God's
"permission" to eat meat was a temporary concession to the lack of vegetation
destroyed by the flood, and came with a price: a strict accounting for every life
taken (Genesis 9:5). I do not believe that God condones the present day
situation, in which we have no reason, other than taste preference, for killing
animals for food. The celebration of God's good gifts to us by killing animals is
akin to the worshipping of God with animal sacrifices, which Jesus came to end
(Matthew 12:7; Hebrews 9:26, 10:4-18).
I urge you to rethink, with your congregation, the implications of serving
pigs and chickens at your church fair.
Many blessings to you and your members,