For Speedy Launch:
February 2, 2024
Nicole Perreira 202-483-7382
Oklahoma Metropolis, Okla. – Rep. Jim Olsen has launched a invoice within the Oklahoma Home of Representatives that may require that the Ten Commandments be displayed in all Oklahoma public faculty school rooms, so as we speak PETA despatched him a letter proposing that he file related laws to request that public faculties show the group’s Ten Vegan Commandments, which encourage folks to steer ethical, principled lives and observe nonviolence by ditching meat, eggs, and dairy and in any other case refraining from exploiting or mistreating people of any species.
“The pointless violence inflicted on the billions of animals tormented and slaughtered yearly in archaic experiments and for meals, clothes, and leisure relies on a easy lack of empathy for others who could seem totally different from us however nonetheless share people’ curiosity in having fun with life with out experiencing undue worry, ache, or violence,” writes PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Displaying PETA’s Ten Vegan Commandments in public faculties could be a easy strategy to promote peace, understanding, empathy, and compassion.”
PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals aren’t ours to abuse in any method”—factors out that Each Animal Is Somebody and presents free Empathy Kits for individuals who want a lesson in kindness. For extra info, please go to PETA.org or comply with the group on X (previously Twitter), Fb, or Instagram.
PETA’s letter to Olsen follows.
February 2, 2024
The Honorable Jim Olsen
Oklahoma Home of Representatives
Pricey Mr. Olsen:
I’m writing on behalf of Folks for the Moral Remedy of Animals—PETA entities have greater than 9 million members and supporters globally, together with hundreds in Oklahoma—with a request: Having filed Home Invoice 2962, would you additionally take into account submitting a invoice to request that every one public faculties show the “Ten Vegan Commandments,” an moral set of ideas designed to encourage people from all backgrounds to observe nonviolence and lead ethical, principled lives? Please permit me to elaborate.
Whereas many people had been raised to imagine that slaughtering animals for meals or clothes is in some way acceptable, once we mirror, we will come to the belief that none of this violence is critical and that every one killing is reprehensible. Genesis 1:29 teaches us that Eden was vegan and that people flourished in concord with animals. Absolutely, God created us to be caretakers, not killers. As you’ve got stated, “None of us wish to be killed,” and we imagine that extends to all species—sentient people who expertise pleasure, loneliness, grief, and worry but are subjected to horrific abuse and slaughter at human arms.
The Ten Vegan Commandments—which embody ideas comparable to “Thou shalt all the time come to assistance from an animal in want”—would instill good values in as we speak’s college students. At a time when Oklahoma ranks 50th out of fifty in a research of state faculty methods, partially based mostly on an evaluation of the speed of violence or disciplinary actions, fostering empathy in younger folks for all these we share the planet with would actually repay as they develop up in a various society. The pointless violence inflicted on the billions of animals tormented and slaughtered yearly for meals, clothes, and leisure relies on a easy lack of empathy for others who could seem totally different from us however nonetheless share our curiosity in having fun with life with out experiencing undue worry, ache, or violence.
Prominently displaying these ideas in all public faculties could be a easy strategy to promote peace, understanding, empathy, and compassion. We’d like to work with you to make this occur. Thanks in your consideration. I look ahead to listening to from you.
Very actually yours,