PETA Names Pune ‘Most Vegan-Friendly City’ During World Vegan Month

For Immediate Release:

14 November 2017


Ayushi Sharma; [email protected]

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Demand for Healthy, Humane Vegan Living Soars

Pune – Thanks in part to all-vegan restaurants such as The Real Green Cafe, Kompassion, and Granny’s Bowl; vegan food-delivery service Back to the Basics; and Pune Vegan Fest, Pune has been named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) Most Vegan-Friendly City during World Vegan Month (November).

In addition to its numerous vegan and vegan-friendly eateries, Pune is the home of innovative businesses such as soya-foods company Chetrans Foods and vegan personal care–product maker Trumount Cosmoceuticals. It’s easy to learn more about vegan eating and meet like-minded people in the city, too, thanks to the Pune Vegans Facebook group.

“Puneites should be proud that their hometown is leading the country in healthy eating that’s Earth- and animal-friendly,” says PETA CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate. “Vegans can save many animals a year, just by not eating them.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that interest in going vegan is on the rise across India as more people learn that vegan meals spare animals daily suffering and a terrifying death. In today’s increasingly industrialised meat, egg, fishing and dairy industries, chickens’ throats are cut while they’re still conscious, fish suffocate or are cut open while they’re still alive, pigs are often 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 also less prone to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity than meat-eaters are, and they have a smaller carbon footprint, too, 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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