Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

WEIRD WORLD; Group Urges Pope to Abstain from Using Leather in New Car

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

WEIRD WORLD; Group Urges Pope to Abstain from Using Leather in New Car

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An animal rights group has urged Pope Benedict XVI to C[pounds sterling]truly go greenC[yen] and insist that the next Popemobile is made without leather.

PETA said it has written to the Pope with the request following the Vatican's confirmation that Mercedes-Benz is making a study of a hybrid, energy-saving Popemobile.

The car would replace the current Mercedes vehicle used when the Pope travels abroad.

PETA spokeswoman Ashley Gonzalez says leather production is not only C[pounds sterling]toxic to the environment, it's also hell for cowsC[yen].

The letter says PETA counts many Catholics among its members and suggests that a leather-free car could C[pounds sterling]help the environment and prevent animal sufferingC[yen].

Benedict has made conserving resources an important concern of his papacy.

Vatican officials say a green Popemobile would be a sign of his efforts to promote sustainable energy and take care of the planet.

When he is outside the Vatican, Benedict usually rides in a modified white Mercedes-Benz outfitted with bullet-proof windows.

It has room for two passengers in addition to the Pope, who sits on an elevated chair to wave to crowds.

Through the years, a number of different models have been donated to the Vatican. Co AP

A Taiwanese woman was ordered to compensate a noodle shop $A6665 for defamation after criticising the store as unclean and its food as C[pounds sterling]really badC[yen] on her blog.

Liu Ying-hui escaped a 30-day jail term, with the high court deciding to grant her a two-year suspended sentence after she agreed to compensate the shop, according to the verdict released by the court.

Liu was convicted of defaming the shop in February for commenting on her blog in 2009 that its food was C[pounds sterling]really bad . …

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