The Fellowship of Life
a Christian-based vegetarian group founded in 1973


Letters By Margaret Lawson

Dumb Creatures

Sir, - Christmas is once more almost upon us, and I am writing to appeal to all Christians to give thought to the ghastly way in which they celebrate the birth of the Lord of life and compassion with the cruel slaughter of millions of animals and birds.

Most will not even be aware that the custom springs not from Christianity but from pagan festivals which were held long before the birth of Jesus. Could it not be that the inclusion of adoring animals in the birth scene has a deep significance which is conveniently overlooked?

At any rate, would it not be good to know that no animal or bird had suffered or lost its life for our celebrations? This is by no means impossible, and recipes, sermons and other information are available on request from the address below - stamp if possible, please.

Church Times
December 12, 1975

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