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Twelve-year-old animal rights activist Genesis Butler has made headlines around the world with her letter to Pope Francis on Wednesday, urging him to go vegan for the upcoming season of Lent.
‘Your Holiness, we must act,’ said Genesis in her letter. ‘Today, Pope Francis, I am asking you to join me in abstaining from all animal products throughout Lent.’
If the Pope agrees, the Million Dollar Vegan campaign has pledged to donate $1 million dollars to charity.
‘Moving towards a plant-based diet will protect our land, trees, oceans and air, and help feed the world's most vulnerable,’ she wrote. ‘With 815 million people suffering from malnutrition, imagine how many hungry people we could feed across the world if we moved away from such wasteful diets.’
The letter was co-written by the organisers of Million Dollar Vegan non-profit campaign to address ‘the connection between climate change and pollution and highlights the inefficiency of animal farming and how it contributes to world hunger, the extinction of wildlife and the suffering of farmed animals.’
The Million Dollar Vegan campaign is led by the US-based Blue Horizon International Foundation, which pledged to put up the €878,000 euros if the pontiff says yes.
The Vatican has released no official response at present.