Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, and lasts approximately 40 days, has a profound spiritual meaning for Christians, as we honor Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice by giving up something ourselves.
And if you’re among the many people who choose to forgo meat (including fish), milk, and eggs for Lent, you’ll have a profound impact on the rest of the world. When you eat cruelty-free, you’re saving lives, fighting poverty, and curbing climate change — so your conscience will be that much clearer.
The season of abstinence is just two weeks away, and signing our Pledge to Go Vegan for Lent is the easiest way for Christians to honor God’s creatures, the world that He entrusted to us, our own bodies, and our brothers and sisters who have dangerous, bloody jobs on factory farms and in slaughterhouses.
Here are five reasons why going vegan for Lent will be one of the kindest things that you’ve ever done:
1. You’ll save 44,000 gallons of water. It takes 2,400 gallons of water to produce just 1 pound of meat, which is about equivalent to 50 full bathtubs.
2. You’ll save the lives of about 40 animals. The practices of the animal-agriculture industry are a far cry from how Christ instructed us to care for “the least of these among us.”
3. You’ll save 1,200 square feet of forest. About 260 million acres of U.S. forests have been cleared to grow crops for farmed animals.
4. You’ll prevent 800 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. Animal agriculture is responsible for 51 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
5. You’ll spare the lives of large ocean animals. As many as 650,000 dolphins, whales, and seals as well as 40 million to 50 million sharks are killed every year by fishing.
Wild dolphins leaping.
To learn more about ways in which Christians can care for God’s creation, visit PETALambs.com.