Mel Gibson has come under attack again - this time from animal rights activists who are furious he's raising animals for meat at his beef cattle ranch in Columbus, Montana.

The PASSION OF THE CHRIST director - whose movie has sparked a flurry of controversy among religious groups who fear it will create anti-Semitism - has angered the PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS (PETA), who claim it's immoral for Christians to raise and kill "God's creatures" for food.

PETA, who yesterday (24FEB04) staged a day-long demonstration outside his BEARTOOTH RANCH, plan to picket a screening of the movie at the UA UNION SQUARE THEATRE in New York tonight (25FEB04).

The protest will feature a three-metre (10-foot) "Jesus On Stilts", and a stash of leaflets about "Christianity and Vegetarianism".

The rep says, "We're saying 'Thou shalt not kill' to Mel Gibson. We're just saying people who oppose violence and injustice should extend that compassion to all God's creatures, and adopting a vegetarian diet is the best way to do that."

01/03/2004 09:07