As World Vegan Month (November) gets underway, PETA India has announced the winner of its 2019 Most Vegan-Friendly City Award – and Hyderabad has taken the title for its top-notch vegan restaurants, dessert offerings, and community. A certificate and letter of congratulations have been delivered to Mayor Bonthu Rammohan for providing an environment in which vegan-friendly establishments can thrive, making the world a better place for humans, other animals, and the planet.
The city’s top vegan eateries include The Terrassen Cafe – Poets and Oats, a 100% vegan restaurant, café, and bakery that dishes up everything from pizza and burgers to smoothies and sandwiches, and Smart Alec Alternative Deli, a vegan deli that offers fresh fare and a play area for companion animals. Those looking to satisfy their sweet tooth can try the Cookie Queen or The Lush Glaze, order creamy dairy-free ice cream from delivery service Frozera, or swing by Plantarium, the city’s first all-vegan store, which stocks an array of vegan treats, cosmetics, protein mixes, and more. There’s no shortage of vegan spirit in the city, as it’s also home to potlucks and other events organised by the Hyderabad Vegans group.
Every person who goes vegan spares nearly 200 animals a year daily suffering and a terrifying death in today’s meat, egg, and dairy industries. In the animal agriculture industry, chickens’ throats are cut while they’re still conscious, fish suffocate on the decks of fishing boats, pigs are stabbed in the heart as they scream in pain, and calves are torn away from their mothers shortly after birth. At the slaughterhouse, animals are often killed in full view of others and dismembered while they’re still conscious.
Vegans are less prone to suffering from cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and obesity than meat-eaters are – and they have a smaller carbon footprint, as raising animals for food is one of the largest sources of the greenhouse-gas emissions that have been linked to climate change.
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