Chennai Nabs Peta India’s 2018 ‘Most Vegan-Friendly City’ Award

For Immediate Release:

20 November 2018


Ayushi Sharma; [email protected]

Garima Jain; [email protected]

During World Vegan Month, Group Recognises City for Booming Vegan Scene

Chennai – In the middle of World Vegan Month (November), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India is announcing the winner of its 2018 “Most Vegan-Friendly City” award – and Chennai has taken the title for its scores of vegan- and vegetarian-friendly restaurants and shops as well as its all-vegan school. PETA India has sent a letter and certificate to Commissioner Dr D Karthikeyan, IAS to thank the city for providing an environment in which vegan-friendly establishments can thrive, making the world a better place for animals and helping the planet.

In addition to its many vegan-friendly eateries – which run the gamut from Chinese, Thai, Italian, and even fusion options to a gourmet vegan-meat “butcher”, Vegetagold and the juice and nut-milk company Habit Juice Co – Chennai boasts several vegan clothing stores, including The Alternate, Monkstory, and Arture, as well as Earth Story, a vegan lifestyle store. The city’s SPI Cinemas offers date-sweetened almond milk for filmgoers, and students at the German International School enjoy 100 per cent vegan meals. Those looking to get into the vegan social scene can join the collectives Tamil Vegan Movement and Vegans of Chennai, which have hundreds of members, and the vegan adventure tour company VegVoyages even held a potluck dinner event in the city.

“Global interest in the vegan lifestyle has never been higher, and Chennai is leading the country in responding to it,” says PETA India CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate. “PETA India is honouring this special city for its wealth of cruelty-free clothing and food options and encouraging all residents and visitors to take full advantage of them.”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that 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. 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 within hours of birth. At the slaughterhouse, animals are often killed in full view of one another and dismembered while they’re still conscious.

Vegans are less prone to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, 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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