For Immediate Release:
6 October 2016

Peanut Town Goes Nuts for Vegan Food

Kingaroy – Queensland’s Kingaroy 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 Australia.

Already known for its peanuts, Kingaroy earned its top-three ranking with at least five vegan-friendly food stops. Stand-out meals include Facon and Cheese Pies at The Giving Tree Cafe, the Stuffed Potato at Magpies, the range of vegan curries at Singh’s Royal Cuisine, the Stir Fried Vegetables at Explorers Restaurant, and the Vegan Selection Platter at TASTE South Burnett. And if you have a sweet tooth, you’re missing out if you don’t take a peek inside the cake cabinet at The Giving Tree Cafe.

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.

“Kingaroy 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 Denmark in Western Australia.

Restaurants and cafés aren’t the only businesses vying for a slice of the vegan pie in Kingaroy, as supermarkets are also stocking up on delicious vegan chocolates, milks, and meats. Vegans can also easily pick up fast food at Subway and Domino’s.

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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