For Immediate Release:
16 February 2017

PETA Grades Australia’s Uni Food, and the University of Wollongong Earns the Highest Marks

Wollongong – As students prepare for O-Week, PETA Australia has scouted the country for the most vegan-friendly university, and the results are in: the University of Wollongong has claimed dux!

New and returning students in the Gong can choose from various vegan options to fuel their academic pursuits in 2017. Standout meals include UniBar’s Faux Shizzle My Schnitzel and Fillet No Fish burgers as well as the chickpea curry and Vietnamese tofu bánh mì at Little Curry House. Hungry diners can also customise their own sandwich, salad, or wrap at Fuel or grab some rice-paper rolls at Okuma Sushi & Korean Bar, a salad at The Yard UOW, a Veggie Delite sub at Subway, or some stir-fried veggies at Kew Thai. For something sweet, Out for Lunch and Espresso Warriors offer raw vegan cakes, and Boost Juice has dairy-free smoothies – as will The Gardens, which is set to open soon. In addition, the IGA on campus is well stocked with a variety of faux meats, vegan sausage rolls, dairy-free dips, and vegan mayonnaise.

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 Australian National University in Canberra 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.

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