For Immediate Release:
16 February 2017

PETA Grades Australia’s Uni Food, and Canberra’s Australian National University Earns Top Marks

Canberra – As students prepare for O-Week, PETA Australia has scouted the country for the most vegan-friendly universities, and the results are in: Australian National University’s (ANU) Canberra campus has earned a spot in the top three.

New and returning students at ANU can choose from various vegan options to fuel their academic pursuits in 2017. The Food Co-op, located on campus, serves tasty, cheap lunches every weekday and sells a variety of dairy-free cheeses, spreads, and sweets. The Gods Café & Bar in Union Court has burger cravings cornered with its Vegan Lover, Shanghai Dumpling Cafe offers delicious dumplings, and Delhi 6 caters to those in the mood for mushroom curry or dal. Students can also pick up vegan fare at As You Like It, SumoSalad, and Zambrero.

Interest in plant-based dining has exploded in Australia over the last 12 months. According to Google Trends data, Australians searched for “vegan” more than residents of any other nation during 2016.

“Offering plant-powered meals is not only great for fuelling busy brains but also good for business”, says PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Ashley Fruno. “Young people are going vegan in droves as they learn about the impact that meat and dairy products have on animals, their own health, and the environment.”

Rounding out the top three vegan-friendly campuses are the University of Wollongong in New South Wales and Flinders University in Adelaide.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that vegans are less likely than meat-eaters to suffer from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. In addition, every person who goes vegan spares many animals daily suffering and a terrifying death each year, and vegan meals are also greener, as the meat industry is a leading producer of the greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

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