PETA Names Bengaluru India’s Most Vegan-Friendly City

For Immediate Release:
29 September 2014

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Sachin Bangera (0) 9820122561; [email protected]
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Pro-Vegan Initiatives Reflect the Growing Hunger for Meat- and Dairy-Free Dining

Bengaluru – Thanks to local all-vegan restaurants such as Paradigm Shift and Carrots; popular hotels and restaurants, including The Park, Alila, The Glass House and 100ft, which will soon launch vegan menus; Bengaluru-based Café Coffee Day’s decision to create and sell its Vegan Shake as well as numerous other vegan-friendly initiatives, PETA has named Bengaluru the Most Vegan-Friendly City in India. Vegans are vegetarians who don’t eat eggs or dairy products. PETA will send Smt N Shantha Kumari, Mayor in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, a plaque in recognition of the honour.

“Bengaluruians should be proud that their hometown is leading the country in healthy eating that is Earth- and animal-friendly”, says PETA India nutritionist Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “Vegans can save many animals a year, just by not eating them.”

In addition to vegan, vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants, Vegania – a self-described “virtual vegan country” that provides a forum for and campaigns on animal rights issues – is active in the city, as is the group Vegan Bengaluru, which organises monthly potlucks and outreach activities and offers tips on vegan eating. There’s even a 161-page guide – My Vegan Bangalore – to vegan restaurants, shops and cafés, which is available from Amazon.in. Popular vegan blogger Susmitha of Veganosaurus is also from Bengaluru. All this vegan outreach is apparently paying off: according to Google Trends, searches for the word “vegan” are on the rise across the country, and most of them come from Bengaluru.

Meat and dairy products cause human and animal suffering. The consumption of meat and other animal products has been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer and obesity – all of which are major health problems in India.

And the meat industry is responsible for the daily suffering and terrifying deaths of billions of animals each year. Chickens sent to slaughter are so roughly handled that many sustain broken bones or die by the time they reach the slaughterhouse. Fish used for food can be impaled, crushed, suffocated or gutted, all while still conscious.

Raising animals for food is one of the largest sources of carbon dioxide and the single largest source of both methane and nitrous oxide emissions – all of which have been linked to climate change. Senior United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization official Henning Steinfeld concluded that the meat industry is “one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems”, including water pollution and land degradation. Also, raising animals for food uses vast quantities of water, placing a serious strain on water supplies.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.

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