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10 March 2016

TURN A MEATLESS LENT INTO A VEGGIE WAY OF LIFE...AND PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT, SAYS LIZ DODD

 

Lent this year has been an impetus for more Christians than usual to give up eating meat. Now some of them, inspired by Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ encyclical, and by research into the environmental impact of animal husbandry, are considering a permanent change in their lifestyle

 

On Easter Sunday many Catholics will come home from Mass to a much-anticipated lunch of roast lamb or chicken. Thanks to the efforts of a number of Catholic and secular environmental charities, it may well be their first taste of meat since Shrove Tuesday. 

Abstaining from eating meat, dairy and eggs during Lent has been a tradition in the Church since the fifth century; now modern research into the environmental impact of rearing animals has given a renewed impetus to an ancient idea. Citing as inspiration Pope Francis’ call to action in the environmental encyclical, Laudato Si’, more Christians than ever opted to go vegan or vegetarian for Lent this year – and some have decided not to go back.