Christian vegans and the humane society

Religion writer for the Boston Globe, Michael Paulson, reports on his vegan lunch with the Humane Society of the United States.

I had no idea what exactly the religion angle was here, but it turns out that the animal welfare cause started as a Christian movement, that the Humane Society has an employee whose title is “director of the animals and religion program,” and that the society is now embarked on an “All Creatures Great and Small” campaign aimed at religious congregations and schools. The campaign argues that the treatment of animals at factory farms is inconsistent with Christianity and many other faiths.


The Humane Society officials said they are not asking everyone to give up meat and eggs. Instead, they are urging people to cut back on animal products and to try to purchase the meat and eggs they do consume from local farmers, whose practices are more humane than those of the factory farms that supply most supermarkets, or to look for products like cage-free or free-range eggs.

But if you’re wondering what a caterer might prepare when trying to introduce veganism to more than 100 non-vegetarians, here’s how Veg Advantage answered the question:

~ Amuse of Grilled Sweet Corn and Fire Roasted Chiles with Aged Sherry and Basil over Purple Potato Crisps

~ Shaved fennel and Blood Orange Salad with Warm Squash Blossoms, Toasted Almonds and Balsamic-Port Glaze

~ Sesame Seared Gardein ‘Chicken’ Paillard over Forbidden Black Rice with Dandelion Greens, Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms and Carrot-Ginger Sauce

~ Vegan Chocolate Mousse Bombe with Raspberry Coulis

Read it here.

Michael Paulson covers religion for The Boston Globe. He shared in the Pulitzer Prize in 2003, won the Mike Berger Award in 2008, and is a four-time winner of the Wilbur Award for religion reporting.

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