For Immediate Release:
6 October 2016

Tourist Town Attracts Visitors With Cruelty-Free Food

Denmark – Western Australia’s Denmark has proved that cruelty-free living can be a cinch outside big cities – which is why PETA has named it one of the top three vegan-friendly small towns in the country.

The agricultural town turned holiday hot spot earned its top-three ranking with at least five vegan-friendly food stops. Stand-out meals include the Vegan Toasted Sandwich and Superburger at Luscious Coffee Bar, the Vegan Pizza at Massimo’s Place, the Pasta with cashew-cheese sauce and Raw Pad Thai at Ravens Coffee, and the Mango and Tofu Curry at Mrs Jones Café. For something sweet, it’s hard to resist the vegan treats on offer at The Green Pantry.

Interest in plant-based living has exploded in Australia over the last 12 months. Recent research found that more than 11 per cent of the population is now vegetarian, and more than half of Aussies agree that they’re “eating less red meat these days”. Australia is also the third fastest-growing market in the world for vegan packaged food, and according to Google Trends data, Australians search for “vegan” more than any other nation.

“Denmark proves that small towns don’t have to miss out when it comes to dishing up delicious cruelty-free meals”, says PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Ashley Fruno. “Businesses here realise that it’s always the vegan who chooses where the group eats.”

Rounding out the top three vegan-friendly small towns are Castlemaine in Victoria and Kingaroy in Queensland.

Restaurants and cafés aren’t the only businesses vying for a slice of the vegan pie in Denmark, as retailers such as Denmark’s SUPA IGA are also stocking up on delicious vegan cheeses, chocolates, milks, and meats.

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. What’s more, every person who goes vegan spares many animals daily suffering and a terrifying death every 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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