I was recently honored to receive a humanitarian award from Peta. During the evening, I was reminded of Pope Francis’ historical new encyclical on the environment. He praises animals, and calls on all of us to embrace a more humane path: “We read in the Gospel that Jesus says of the birds of the air that ‘not one of them is forgotten before God’ ( Lk 12:6).” How then can we possibly mistreat them or cause them harm?”