MEDIA RELEASE: Interfaith Vegan Leaders Endorse New Film “Christspiracy” During Lent

MEDIA RELEASE: Interfaith Vegan Leaders Endorse New Film “Christspiracy” During Lent

LOS ANGELES (March 15, 2024)Christspiracy will be released premiere in U.S. and U.K. theaters on March 20 and 24, just in time for Lent which ends on March 28. Filmmakers Kip Andersen and Kameron Waters of Cowspiracy and Seaspiracy ask religious leaders, “Is there an ethical or spiritual way to kill an animal?” 

This investigative film includes interviews with religious leaders worldwide from Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Filmmakers journey around the world to discover and reveal “the most important discovery about Jesus Christ since He was crucified.” 


In Defense of Animals’ Interfaith Vegan Coalition endorses this film for Lent. In Defense of Animals attended the Los Angeles film premiere on March 14. The Interfaith Vegan Coalition is hosting a local event at a Los Angeles screening on March 20. Find details on the Facebook event page

In Defense of Animals President, Dr. Marilyn Kroplick with Christspiracy Director, Kameron Waters (left), and country musician Jasmine Alkouri and LMFAO’s Redfoo (right). Photos: In Defense of Animals

“Christspiracy launches in theaters at the perfect time to help with your Lenten promise,” suggests Lisa Levinson, of In Defense of Animals and co-founder of the Interfaith Vegan Coalition. “Our Vegan Starter Guide includes tasty recipes and our Christian and Catholic Vegan Advocacy Kits contain spiritual resources, making it easier for everyone to go vegan for Lent and beyond!”

During this time of spiritual reflection, many Christians identify with the 40-day fast and suffering of Christ by giving up eating meat, dairy, and eggs, drinking alcohol, watching television, swearing, or smoking. Over 90 billion land animals and upwards of 3 trillion fish are exploited and slaughtered each year for human food and fashion. Each person who eats vegan during Lent saves about 40 animals, according to PETA LAMBS

Eating only plant foods has helped many people grow spiritually during Lent because they are fasting from cruelty. “When we stop our participation in the killing of God’s precious children, no matter what species they may be, we are acting in harmony with our true hearts, our highest ideals and our deep connection to all sacred life,” explains Judy Carman, co-founder of Circle of Compassion and the Interfaith Vegan Coalition and author of Homo Ahimsa: Who We Really Are and How We’re Going to Save the World. “Our own bodies respond with renewed health, because we are no longer eating the suffering, fear, and agony of animals who have been abused and killed.” 

“There is no greater gift you can give in repentance and habit-breaking than to abstain from the culture of violence for 40 days by researching, learning about, and then undertaking a 40-day fast from the torturous products of animal use and agriculture by eating as we were originally designed by the Lord in Genesis 1:29 — to consume plants, nuts and seeds,” said Tams Nicholson of, which offers Christian Vegan recipes. “Today, ‘plants, nuts, and seeds’ includes everything from fast food to five-course meals with luscious desserts. When eating this way, we only give up cruelty while we gain variety, taste, satisfaction, and better health.”

Fasting from cruelty during Lent also helps the environment. PETA LAMBS reports that each individual who goes vegan during Lent saves 44,000 gallons of water, reduces wasteful agricultural land use by 75%, and prevents 800 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. 

Quotes from Interfaith Leaders

“There is no better time than now to go vegan! Lent is a perfect time where we really want to focus on our spiritual lives. We can give our souls a Holy infusion of joy and love by choosing a peaceable vegan diet. A vegan diet will not only help us in our love for God and neighbor (all living beings) it will also contribute to our physical health and well-being. Go vegan for the 40 days of Lent! There are many vegan websites that offer balanced, nutritious and delicious vegan meals! You will quickly discover for yourself that this compassionate way of eating will go beyond the 40 days of Lent!” 

– Father Donatello Iocco

“For me, Lent is a time to reflect on Jesus’ ministry of compassion, peace, and reconciliation. Choosing a vegan diet for Lent breaks the cycle of violence between humanity and the natural world. Doing so not only spares nonhumans great suffering and misery, but it also helps human relationships, because we cannot find peace in our hearts if a central component of our lives – eating – is filled with violence. Many people, upon experiencing the sense of peace and connection that arises from being vegan during Lent, choose to stay vegan.”

– Stephen R. Kaufman, MD, Chair, Christian Vegetarian Association

“We know from Genesis 1:29 that God commanded us to eat only plant-based foods. And we know from Isaiah 65:25 that that is still God’s intention. So do we want to do God’s will or not?”

– Virginia Bell, Catholic Action for Animals

“Years – too many – passed between cutting flesh out of my diet, and going vegan. One word enabled me to make the change: Slavery. For people who want to make the transition but find that cheese still has them in its grip, I suggest they decide to give up profiting from slavery for those forty days. To develop a habit in which you truly follow your heart turns out to be truly liberating.” 

– Gracia Fay Ellwood, Quaker Animal Kinship

Quotes from Interfaith Organizations

“What better way to worship the Prince of Peace than leaving the violence off our plates, and eating the ideal diet that God prescribed for us in Genesis 1:29. Going vegan for Lent is a great way to honor Jesus, while also blessing the planet, our health and reducing the suffering of innocent animals. And it’s a wonderful opportunity to test drive a non-violent lifestyle that not only brings us more in alignment with our true compassionate nature, but has the potential to transform our lives if we choose to continue down its path.”

– Thomas Wade Jackson, Director of A Prayer For Compassion

“Going vegan for Lent provides for not only the purification of the soul, but for the uplift of creation. In choosing foods from the plant kingdom in the weeks leading up to Easter, a believer actively chooses peace on earth and acknowledges the sanctity of all life. And many who do this find that they feel so good, physically and psychically, that they never go back to the way they used to eat.” 

– Victoria Moran, author, podcaster, and co-founder of Compassion Consortium

“Whether in France, Switzerland, Canada, Poland, members of the Church are talking and showing some concern for animals. The time is right, as Lent approaches, to consider a spiritual journey without animal consumption and to discover the virtues of a compassionate diet.” 

– Estela Torres, Fraternitè pour le Respect Animal

“Lent is the daily spirituality of vegans honoring the sacredness of all life. The energy from the sun enters our bodies through the Son of God. This spiritual transformation enlightens a state of consciousness that all seekers yearn for. Ash Wednesday is the remembrance that no sacrifice of an animal was needed for our Salvation. During Lent, many Christians observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial, and spiritual discipline, the essence of veganism. The purpose of the Lenten season is to set aside time for reflection on our self-righteous indignation of animal slaughter. Jesus Christ came to put an end to the suffering of all animals, including human animals by his sacrifice, his life, death, burial, and resurrection.”

– Frank Lane, 

Quotes from Religious Scholars

“Christian traditions teach that humans are to assist God in reconciling creation to a peaceful, vegan world. The Christian commitment to end suffering is fundamental to Christian teachings… Imagine Jesus walking through a slaughterhouse, a vivisection lab, or a poultry farm, ‘How would the Prince of Peace feel about contemporary exploitation of pigs, mice, and hens? Would he justify these institutions as readily as we do?’”

– Lisa Kemmerer, PhD, author of Animals and World Religions

“At their essence, Jesus’ teachings are about love. Knowing that God so loved the world to give us the gift of life, Jesus stood against animal sacrifices and for love - loving our neighbors as ourselves...including the ‘neighbors’ we were socialized to exclude from our sphere of compassion. Jesus welcomed the social outcasts and placed no limits on love. Many modern scholars believe Jesus was a vegetarian and we can certainly agree that to live as love, as Jesus taught, would mean to live vegan nowadays. There is no physical need for animal products in our diet, so granting our ‘animal neighbors’ the dignity to live lives of freedom and joy simply makes the most sense if we want to live Jesus’ teachings of love to their fullest extent.”

–  Charlotte Cressey, religious scholar 


Lenten Resources by Interfaith Vegan Coalition Member Organizations & Allies

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In Defense of Animals started the Interfaith Vegan Coalition to help animal activists and spiritual leaders bring vegan values to spiritual, ethical, and religious communities. The coalition provides faith-based tools to help all faith and secular wisdom traditions practice the ideals of nonviolence, lovingkindness, and harmlessness toward all animals. The coalition is composed of 43 member organizations, 4 allied organizations, and one partner organization Animal Interfaith Alliance comprising 17 organizations, all working in harmony for a common cause.

Interfaith Vegan Coalition Member & Allied Organizations Quoted Above:

  • A Prayer for Compassion Film
  • Catholic Action for Animals
  • Christian Vegetarian Association
  • Circle of Compassion
  • Compassion Consortium
  • CreatureKind
  • Fraternitè pour le Respect Animal
  • In Defense of Animals
  • Quaker Animal Kinship
  • SARX


In Defense of Animals, Interfaith Vegan Coalition, Lisa Levinson,, (215) 620-2130

Interfaith Vegan Coalition, Judy Carman,, (785) 887-9965

In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization based in Marin, California, with over 250,000 supporters and a 40-year history of fighting for animals, people, and the environment through education and campaigns, as well as hands-on rescue facilities in India, South Korea, rural Mississippi, and Central California.

The Interfaith Vegan Coalition helps animal activists and spiritual leaders bring vegan values to spiritual, ethical, and religious communities. The coalition provides tools to help all faith and secular wisdom traditions practice the ideals of nonviolence, lovingkindness, and harmlessness toward all animals.


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