Suggestions for Letters to the Editor
Your first sentence should tie your letter to a recent news report,
editorial, or an upcoming holiday. Your letter should not exceed
200 words, and 150 or less is preferable. Usually, letters focus
on a specific issue, such as the harmfulness of animal foods for
the environment, our health, or animals. Many Internet sources can
provide the specific facts you will need, including our booklet
Honoring God's Creation. [highlight Honoring God's Creation and
link to our page Honoring God's Creation]. If your letter is aiming
to present a Christian case for vegetarianism, we suggest the following:
Stress that Christians are called to be loving, compassionate, and
respectful of God's Creation. Modern factory is cruel and destructive
and therefore incompatible with core Christian values.
Inform readers that the vast majority of animals raised for food
in the U.S. lead pain-filled, miserable lives in factory farms.
It is often good to say something like, "Few people are aware
of how the badly factory farms abuse animals, harm the environment,
and damage our health." This reduces defensiveness, because
the writer is not accusing readers of being callous or mean; instead,
the writer is suggesting that lack of information explains most
people's support of animal agriculture.
Do not try to argue that Jesus was a vegetarian. Even if you believe
that biblical or other sources lead to this conclusion, we do not
think that Jesus' diet 2000 years ago is critical to answering the
question what would Jesus eat today? And, many people will read
the Bible (e.g., Luke 24:43) to clearly describe Jesus as eating
We do not think that you should say something like "Christians
should be vegetarians." The reason is that some people, for
health or financial reasons, have little choice but to eat animal
products. Therefore, we suggest something like, "Christianity
encourages vegetarianism today" or "Christians with access
to healthful plant-based foods should choose a vegetarian diet."