Lutherans defend pork roast after animal-rights lobby complains

Posted: Friday, August 08, 2003

CEDARBURG, Wis. (AP) Trinity Lutheran Church is defending a pork roast at its 160th anniversary festival after complaints from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the militant animal rights and vegetarian lobby.

The animal rights group proposed holding what it called a cruelty-free cookout, arguing that factory farms mistreat God's creatures. It offered to provide free vegetarian chili and veggie dogs if the church canceled the barbecue scheduled for Aug. 17.

Pastor Chuck Turbin said vegetarian alternatives will be provided but there's nothing wrong with roasting pork or chicken because ''Scripture clearly gives us permission to eat the animals.''

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