What does 12-year-old vegan activist, Genesis Butler of California, have in common with celebrities Paul McCartney, Moby, Chris Packham, Mena Suvari, Evanna Lynch, Woody Harrelson, Joaquin Phoenix, Benjamin Zephaniah, Joseph Poore of Oxford University? As reported by VEGWORLD two weeks ago, Genesis is the voice representing the Million Dollar Vegan organization, and we’ve learned today that she is making progress in Vatican City.
Genesis met with Father Ptasznik in hopes of persuading him to deliver a message to Pope Francis, and indeed he will. With only two weeks to go until the Lent season, the vegan community watches hopefully for the Pope’s response. A smile from the Pope to Genesis in yesterday’s general audience leaves us hopeful. Will the Pope go vegan for Lent?
CEO of Million Dollar Vegan, Matthew Glover – who also co-founded the hugely successful Veganuary campaign – commented: “The future of our planet is at risk, and our world leaders have a responsibility to take urgent action. To receive a response from the Vatican would demonstrate that Pope Francis is committed to helping fight climate change, halting deforestation and species loss, and preventing the suffering of billions of farmed animals. He can do all this by choosing to eat a vegan diet for Lent – and hopefully beyond – and encouraging the world to do the same.”
Million Dollar Vegan is encouraging people of all backgrounds to try vegan for Lent and has produced a Vegan Starter Kit – written in multiple languages and with country-specific content – which is available to download for free at www.MillionDollarVegan.com.