Thousands of people have pledged to go vegan for Lent.
The pledges follow a campaign by animal rights charity PETA. The organization posted a feature encouraging Catholics and all others to keep animals, including fish, off their plates during the 40-day period of reflection.
According to PETA: "In the feature, we note that everyone can improve their health, protect the environment, and show mercy for all animals simply by going vegan."
PETA President, Ingrid Newkirk, said: "God’s design for the world was one in which animals and humans co-existed peacefully and humans were caretakers - not killers.
"Every single person who was inspired by PETA to choose merciful vegan meals for Lent is helping to bring His vision of peace and compassion into our turbulent world."
The charity names Pope Francis its Person of the Year in 2015, after he publicly encouraged his followers to treat animals as kindred beings.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself.Reuse this content
Maria is the Editor of Plant Based News. A former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. You can follow her on Twitter @MariaChiorando and Instagram @mariachiorando.
Since you're here...
Plant Based News is a FREE service that receives millions of views each week on Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, our weekly newsletter and this website. This takes a lot of our personal time, money and hard work. But we do it because we KNOW it makes a difference. If those following our reporting helped by contributing, we could do even more. Please consider supporting us so we can create further awareness about animal rights, environmentalism, ethical consumerism and the plant-based lifestyle. Not a false narrative - but information that empowers people to make better choices.