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Hundreds of Students Join a Successful Drive to Have Healthy, Humane Fare Served in the School's Dining Halls
For Immediate Release:August 23, 2012
Contact:Shakira Croce 202-483-7382
Carbondale, Ill. -- Thanks, in part, to a petition drive by
peta2, PETA's youth division, which gathered 680 student signatures, Southern
Illinois University (SIU) has become the latest campus to offer a variety of
healthy, humane, and Earth-friendly vegan options in its dining halls. SIU
joins a fast-growing list of colleges and universities that are acceding to the
demands of students for more vegetarian options. The new additions include
vegan Sicilian linguine, falafel burgers, and curried vegetables with rice.
"More students than ever are choosing vegan meals out
of concern for their health, the environment, and animals," says peta2
Associate Director Marta Holmberg. "Young people go to college to learn,
but it's nice to see a university that's open-minded enough to learn a lesson
or two from its students."
According to a study by food-service provider Bon Appétit,
the number of college students who identify themselves as vegetarian has risen
by 50 percent since 2005 and the number of vegan students has more than doubled
during the same period. Just in the last year, the University of North Texas
and the University of California–San Diego have opened fully vegan
In addition to causing animal suffering on a massive scale,
meat, eggs, and dairy products contain no fiber and are loaded with
artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol. According to the Academy of
Nutrition and Dietetics, vegetarians are less prone to heart disease, diabetes,
obesity, and cancer than meat-eaters are. Also, raising animals for food is a
leading cause of water pollution, land degradation, and the greenhouse-gas
emissions responsible for climate change.
For more information, please visit peta2.com.
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