For Immediate Release:
16 February 2017

PETA Grades Australia’s Uni Food, and Adelaide’s Flinders University Earns Top Marks

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

New and returning students at Flinders can choose from various vegan options to fuel their academic pursuits in 2017. Standout meals include the mushroom and lentil pies at The Wholefood Store, dumplings at Kutchi Deli Parwana, the falafel burger at Tavern by Burger Theory, and the tofu bánh mì at Toly Vietnamese. Hungry diners can also grab a salad bowl at Three Little Pods and a Veggie Delite sub at Subway, and they can get their sugar fix from Grind & Press’ cake cabinet. And no matter how late the study session, the campus’s vending machines stock Lenny & Larry’s cookies.

Interest in plant-based living 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 Canberra’s Australian National University and the University of Wollongong.

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.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.