Protesting Animal-based Meals at Religious Community Events
This is a very good example of how to tactfully, yet forthrightly, approach one's church/temple/mosque any time
they (usually) thoughtlessly plan to break bread by spilling the blood of "the least of these." It (and most of these
other letters) could be published on the website under a broad category of
this sort, e.g. Protesting Animal-based Meals at Religious Community Events.
As you know, Sherri and I are ethical vegans, and the kids are vegetarian. We
are also members of PETA, as you may know. Anyway, PETA is making a nationwide (probably worldwide)
effort to engage churches that base events around meat, exposing the cruelty to animals involved and offering
When I went to my inbox tonight, there was the PETA alert below in regard to
Christ Church. They protested something similar at St. Edward's Catholic
Church (over by the Arts Center) not long ago.
You've probably been contacted by PETA, or by some of their members. While
some of what PETA does may seem over the top to non-vegetarians, I believe it
is always motivated by compassion and empathy for the "least of these," and
the most voiceless of creatures. I've never known PETA to be substantially
wrong on the facts, or prone to exaggeration; they are pretty much telling it
like it is.
Sherri and I are definitely NOT assertive nor confrontational; but since
this has come up, we must say that we do find the Men's Steak Dinner series
deeply offensive personally, and ironic in the extreme as it coincides with
the arrival of the new curate of Christ Church who is an ethical vegetarian
who, I believe, is as deeply offended by meat as we are.
We have greatly enjoyed attending the 6:00 pm jazz Eucharist at Christ
Church, the most progressive church we've ever attended.
Only in recent years have we come to realize how completely true it is that
non-violence is a seamless garment; that non-violence among humans will never
prevail as long as violence and cruelty against sentient beings that don't
happen to be human is allowed, tolerated, and promoted.
Please let us know what the situation is in regard to the Steak-based
event, and what you anticipate the outcome to be.
We can speak from first-hand experience, the veggie dogs and vegetarian
chili offered by PETA is DELICIOUS! We hope the church will take them up on the
Hope, peace, & love,
Robert M. Andrews
Basis of letter:
Welcome to PETA Action Alerts e-News for the week of August 12, 2003!
Urge Christ Church to Cancel Steak Night
Christ Church in Little Rock plans to hold a men's steak dinner night despite
activists' pleas to have mercy on cows who are the victims of factory farming,
living miserable and pain-filled lives before being crushed into a transport
truck and sent to slaughter, where many are dismembered while fully conscious.
Add your voice to the chorus to spare these gentle animals!