Sunday, June 26, 2011

PETA Urges Pope to Get Leather-Free Popemobile; Says Leather Production Is "Toxic, Hell for Cows"

The Cybercast News Service website reports today (June 26, 2011) that an animal rights group has urged Pope Benedict XVI to "truly go green" and insist that the next popemobile is made without leather.

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) said it has written to the pope with the request following the Vatican's confirmation on June 22 that Germany's Mercedes-Benz auto company is making a study of a hybrid, energy-saving popemobile.

PETA spokeswoman Ashley Gonzalez said leather production is not only "toxic to the environment, it's also hell for cows."

The letter -- dated June 22 -- said PETA counts many Catholics among its members and suggested that a leather-free car could "help the environment and prevent animal suffering."

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