Written by Michelle Kretzer
Angeles' STAPLES Center
will become the city's
vegetarian center when Morrissey plays there March 1.
The music legend has asked that no "flesh as food" be served at his shows, but fans will have plenty of festive fare, including
vegan sloppy Joes, vegan sushi, and grilled veggie sandwiches, to munch on
while they rock out to "Meat Is Murder." And as an extra nod to
animals, Moz also required that McCruelty shutter its doors for the day.
Beyoncé took a page out of
Morrissey's songbook when she wanted to drop her baby weight. Bey started eating one vegan meal a day,
and she's kept it up.
Maybe since she's eating fewer animals, she'll consider wearing fewer animals,
what PETA is asking the Buffalo
Sabres to do. When the hockey team
started awarding the "player
of the game" with a fur coat, we wrote to the Sabres' owner, Terry Pegula, urging him to do away with these vile gifts
as the team scrambles to reinvent itself as winners after the highly publicized
firing of head coach Lindy Ruff.
it's Canadian sealers that seals have to worry about, but recently two
young women were caught on
camera hitting and kicking seals who were resting on a
California beach. People were outraged, and Ian Somerhalder, along with many others,
took to Twitter to defend the seals as well as other animals:
Miley Cyrus is always full of sweet
tweets, so of course, she and dad Billy Ray Cyrus were on board to
compete in the Twitter for
the Critters Celebrity Challenge, a Twitter competition
that is raising money for several animal shelters and sanctuaries.
Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith's household may rival
Miley's in number of rescued dogs. The couple adopted two Labrador-shepherd
mixes, a brother and sister. PETA helped welcome the pups to their new home
with toys, treats, and a copy of Let's Have a Dog Party!
screen legend James
Cromwell has also had an
exciting month. He was arrested while helping PETA disrupt a meeting at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
to protest the school's
painful and deadly experiments on cats. Then he joined awesome animal advocate Jane Velez-Mitchell on her
show to publicize the school's
crimes against cats even more.
keep up with what all your favorite stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
Written by Alisa Mullins
These days, more and more hearty vegetarian meals are
popping up at sports venues across the continent. So, after years of ranking
the most vegetarian-friendly Major
League Baseball parks and NFL
stadiums, PETA has surveyed the top
vegetarian-friendly NBA arenas, and the results are in:
1. STAPLES Center
Because Lob City is playing
its best basketball in years, thanks to Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, Clippers
fans may have more to cheer about this year than Lakers fans do. But fans of
both teams have reason to celebrate the STAPLES Center's awesome vegetarian fare.
With vegan sloppy Joes, a veggie burger, vegan sushi, a grilled veggie sandwich, and
a hummus-and-pita plate, the STAPLES Center's vegetarian concessions are a slam
dunk for fans, no matter which team they're rooting for.
2. Air Canada Centre
The NBA's only
international team fittingly offers a menu with international flair. Fans in
general seating can choose from a vegan burrito, a hummus-and-veggie wrap, a veggie dog
topped with tomato and scallions, or a Bollywood veggie dog with potatoes, tamarind ketchup, papadum, and mint
chutney. In premium areas, vegetable sushi and chilled Vietnamese summer rolls
are on the menu. Fans flocking to see new arrival Rudy Gay won't be
disappointed with his performance or with the food at halftime.
3. Wells Fargo Center
When Andrew Bynum will suit up for the Sixers remains a mystery, but one
thing is certain: Fans looking for delicious, animal-friendly fare have come to
the right place. Veggie dogs, two kinds of veggie burgers, and roasted
butternut squash soup round out a starting lineup of vegetarian superstars that
give Philly fans plenty to cheer about.
4. BMO Harris Bradley Center
and Monta Ellis were All-Star snub victims, but vegetable-loving Bucks fans are
welcomed with open arms at the BMO Harris Bradley Center's concession stands.
They can choose from vegan tempeh sloppy Joes, hearty veggie burgers,
traditional PB&J sandwiches, fresh fruit, and baked potatoes. Meanwhile,
fans in premium areas can enjoy hot flatbread sandwiches made with marinated
tofu, pesto, and chipotle Vegenaise. And we can't help but wonder if the vegan
energy bars are what give Larry Sanders his impressive energy.
5. Oracle Arena
Second-year head coach Mark Jackson has orchestrated a
remarkable turnaround for the rejuvenated Golden State Warriors. But fans
crying foul because Stephen Curry was left out of the All-Star game certainly
won't feel cheated when they sample the tasty vegetarian fare at Oracle Arena.
A Vietnamese ginger-garlic tofu sandwich, tofu lettuce wraps, and Vietnamese
noodle salad lead an All-Star lineup of healthy, animal-friendly snacks that
are sure to have fans rebounding for more.
6. Rose Garden
Number six overall draft pick Damian Lillard is favored to
win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, so it's only fitting that Portland's Rose
Garden has netted sixth place on PETA's list, thanks to a variety of options like
veggie burgers, vegan protein shakes, vegetable sandwiches, a broccoli stir-fry
with rice or noodles, and granola with berries, bananas, and vegan protein
powder at concession stands—plus, stir-fried soy strips with pineapple and
teriyaki sauce in the suites.
7. United Center
Derrick Rose may not be returning any time soon, but the
delicious meat-free fare at the United Center gives Bulls fans plenty to smile about. A vegan tempeh sloppy Joe, a
veggie burger, and a baked potato lead the charge.
8. AT&T Center
For yet another year, the Spurs find themselves with one of
the best records in the NBA, and now they can tout another accomplishment: earning
a spot on PETA's top 10 list. It's fitting that familiar favorites, including
bean burritos and tacos, vegan apple turnovers, and, in premium areas, vegan
sloppy Joes, would be found at the home of the veteran team.
9. Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Indiana's faithful should be proud, as suffocating defense
and physical play have kept the Pacers in the mix in the East, even without
leading scorer Danny Granger. Another source of pride? Bankers Life Fieldhouse's
hearty vegan sloppy Joes, veggie burgers, and garden-fresh salads, which have
animal-friendly fans swarming to the concession stands just as their Pacers
swarm to the ball.
10. The Palace of Auburn Hills
We know that the days of violence at The Palace of Auburn Hills are
behind us, so if you're a Pistons fan, why not indulge in some cruelty-free
fare, including vegan sloppy Joes, fresh fruit, smoothies made with soy milk,
and quinoa-and-lentil salads? Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond clearly have
bright futures ahead of them, and Pistons fans can, too, thanks to healthy and
delicious meat-free meals.
in mind that we've just mentioned a small sampling of the vegetarian food being
offered—and that these arenas are just the best of the best. Many other venues
also offer a wide variety of vegetarian options, including honorable mention
awardees Madison Square
Garden (falafel, veggie sushi, edamame), Philips Arena (vegan sloppy Joes, pasta, baked potato), Time Warner Cable Arena (lentil veggie burger, grilled vegetable kebab, vegetarian
panini), Sleep Train
Arena (vegan sloppy Joes and veggie burgers), and Amway
Center (vegan sloppy Joes and veggie burgers).
No matter which team gets your blood pumping, you can help make
sure that you're around to cheer them on for many years to come by choosing
healthy vegetarian snacks. To paraphrase vegan NBA champ John Salley, it's the best damn way to eat. Period.
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