Written by Michelle Kretzer
athletes don't do anything halfway. So studly New York Jets safety Bret Lockett wasn't content simply to
pose with a strategically placed faux-leather football for his PETA anti-fur campaign. Instead, he decided to
play spread offense and turn his ad unveiling into a whole weekend. First, he
helped PETA dedicate our Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters to longtime supporter
and Hollywood heavyweight Sam
that evening, Bret hosted an unveiling party at Hampton Roads hotspot the
Granby Theater, greeted fans, and talked about why fur should be sidelined. "What
really hurt me was when I saw that an animal was still able to move and lift [his] head up
after he was completely skinned," he said. "It
brought tears to my eyes."
© Charles Long Photography/PETA
the next night, he went with the PETA gang to laugh aloud as Bill Maher made fun of hunters and
other animal abusers in his stand-up performance. All weekend, wherever he
went, Bret dined on vegan food, sported PETA T-shirts, and enthusiastically discussed
animal rights issues with fans who approached him.
easy to see why No. 26 is No. 1 for animals.
Written by Jeff Mackey
At the same time as vegan star running back Arian Foster and the
Texans are making my
hometown proud on the field (Bayou City, represent!), PETA has announced its 2012 list of the Top
Five Vegetarian-Friendly NFL Stadiums.
Football is played with a ball called a "pigskin"
(often erroneously), but folks who are fans of both team sports and animals will find a growing variety
of cruelty-free foods to enjoy on game day at arenas throughout the NFL. So even
if your team is stuck in the basement this year, you can still score a victory
for animals way up in the cheap seats by hitting up the concession stand for
some vegan goodies!
© Levy Restaurants
Check out the Top Five Vegetarian-Friendly NFL Stadiums:
Financial Field, Philadelphia Eagles
As the Eagles battle for the top
spot in the always-tough NFC East, Philly fans can take pride in the fact that
Lincoln Financial Field tops PETA's list of vegetarian-friendly stadiums for
the third year in a row, thanks to its awesome array of meat-free options,
which include a mock-steak sandwich, a "chicken-steak" sandwich, a seitan
brisket, and veggie burgers and dogs.
Stadium, New England Patriots
Pats fans have more mouthwatering
vegetarian options than Tom Brady has offensive weapons. Gillette Stadium moved
up from number four on PETA's list of vegetarian-friendly stadiums, thanks to its
black-bean burger, grilled portobello mushroom burger, and grilled veggie
flatbread wrap. Meanwhile, fans continue to devour the stadium's standby
favorites—veggie dogs and veggie burgers.
3. O.co Coliseum,
Rookie head coach Dennis Allen may
be experiencing some growing pains in Oakland, but Raider Nation has cause for
celebration: O.co Coliseum made PETA's list of vegetarian-friendly stadiums for
the fifth year in a row. With a veggie dog, black-bean burger, and veggie
burrito leading the charge, fans of the Silver and Black can turn their health
around by enjoying delicious, protein-packed vegetarian meals.
4. Georgia Dome,
Matty Ice is playing like an MVP, but
the MVP of the Georgia Dome's concession stands may be the mock-meat Sloppy
Jane, made with peppers, onions, molasses, and brown-sugar barbecue sauce. Also
available and fresh off the burner (no Michael Turner pun intended) are veggie
dogs and veggie burgers, possibly the best duo since Roddy White and Julio
Jones. You don't have to pose in a PETA ad as Tony Gonzalez did to enjoy these
5. Ford Field,
The Lions may be dropping in the
standings, but Ford Field has climbed in our rankings of the best meat-free
fare. Outstanding dishes such as vegan sloppy Joes, hearty veggie burgers,
hummus with vegetables, and fruit cups with chili lime salt dominate the
concession stands here the same way that Megatron dominates on the field.
Scoring honorable mentions are the
Kansas City Chiefs' Arrowhead Stadium,
the St. Louis Rams' Edward Jones Dome,
the San Francisco 49ers' Candlestick Park, and the New
York Jets' and New York Giants' MetLife
With so many healthy and animal-friendly foods available almost everywhere you go, there's never been a better time to
go vegan than right now!
Football season is about to, well, kick off. It's fitting
that in a sports league with so many teams named after animals—the Bears, the Eagles,
the Dolphins, the Lions, etc.—there are plenty of players who show compassion
for our furry, feathered, and finned friends. Here are 11 current and former
NFL pros whom the animals are glad to have on their team:
Sedrick Ellis (New
New Orleans Saints player Sedrick Ellis lives up to his
team's name in his PETA ad encouraging folks in the Big Easy and elsewhere to make plans to take care of animal
companions before emergencies happen.
©Photo: Josh Williams Photography. Grooming: Brandie Hopstein
Arian Foster (Houston
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster makes my hometown
proud with his outstanding skills on the field and makes animal advocates cheer
for his embrace of healthy and humane vegan foods.
Foster image: AJ Guel Photography| cc by 2.0
Lance Briggs (Chicago
Playing in the Windy City, linebacker Lance Briggs knows
what cold weather can feel like, which is why dogs don't belong outside in the wintertime,
as his PETA ad explains.
©Photo: Jimmy Fishbein www.jimmyfishbein.com
Glenn Dorsey (Kansas
Also speaking up for cold dogs is Glenn Dorsey, who posed
for a PETA ad with his dog
of whom he said, "Bugs don't care if we win or lose, he's still gonna love
©Photo: Matthew Collins, Makeup: Melissa Blayton
Aaron Curry (Oakland
Aaron Curry posed with his rescued dog Laila for a peta2 "Be Your Dog's
Biggest Defender" ad urging people not to chain their dogs.
© Photo: Christopher Record, Makeup: Adrian Howe
When he played for the Baltimore Ravens, Willis McGahee, now
on the Denver Broncos, bucked the cruelty of fur by baring his tats—and much
more—for a red-hot PETA "Ink,
Not Mink" ad.
© Photo: Ken Penn/www.kenpenn.com, Grooming: Tomara Watkins for Stilista Agency
Another Ravens player happy to show his skin to save animals' hides, Terrell Suggs is one of the toughest linebackers in the
NFL, but he considers the production of fur "cruel and evil" and will
never cross the line by wearing it.
© Photo: Gabrielle Revere/www.gabriellerevere.com, Makeup: Demi V./www.DemiV.com
Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta
Tony Gonzalez, a six-time Pro Bowl veteran, also stripped down for PETA, alongside his wife, October, to declare, "We'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear
© Photo: Robert Sebree, Hair: Eric Sebbag for The Cloutier Agency, Makeup: Camille Clark for The Cloutier Agency
Ricky Williams (retired)
Ricky Williams, a vegetarian, hosted PETA's faux–chicken-wing taste test, crowning Gardein's vegan
buffalo wings the winner.
Former NFL star Michael Strahan has a new job as co-host of "Live With Kelly and
Michael," but PETA helped keep him occupied making a public service announcement for "backyard dogs."
Drew Brees (New
Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, who are both lactose intolerant,
teamed up with dairy-free
brand So Delicious for a promotion benefiting the couple's charitable foundation—and anything that
encourages nondairy living also helps cows used for milk.
Brees photo: Ian Ransley Design | cc by 2.0
Even if you have no hope of making it to the Super Bowl, you can still be a champion for animals—learn how.
The TV networks have been notably, um, unenthusiastic about running
PETA's Super Bowl ads, so this year PETA is planning
to take its message directly to the players and fans by placing billboards in the
teams' hometowns of New York and Boston as well as Indianapolis, which is
hosting the game, making an irreverent plea for people to put down the chicken
wings on Super Bowl Sunday.
Chickens © iStockphoto.com/Sunnybeach
It's estimated that some 600 million chickens are killed for the wings consumed just during the Super Bowl. Yikes! And
that's after the abuse they all suffered through on factory farms.
Not only is this wing-eating obsession cruel, it also shows
a lack of imagination. After all, there are so many mouth-watering alternatives
to the old same-old same-old. For vegan game-day treats that will satisfy the
most ravenous sports fan, check
out these recipes
for fab finger foods that won't cost birds their limbs.
If your party guests insist on being served wings, try the
meatless variety, like Gardein's buffalo "wings"—the choice of the NFL's Ricky
just roll your own!
Written by PETA
If "fantasy football" for you
means a stadium where healthy foods are more abundant than foam fingers, check
out this year's ranking of the top five most vegetarian-friendly stadiums in
honorable mentions are the San Diego Chargers' Qualcomm Stadium, the Seattle Seahawks' CenturyLink Field, the San Francisco 49ers' Candlestick Park, and the Detroit Lions' Ford Field.
fans don't have to leave their health to a last-minute Hail Mary. They can
start and finish strong with foods that don't cause unnecessary roughness to their bodies or to animals and that taste so good that
fans won't care if they get fined for excessive celebration.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Written by Colleen Borst
My husband probably thinks that I watch
Atlanta Falcons games with him to be supportive of his favorite team, but I'll
confess, it's for tight end Tony
Last Sunday's game was especially cool
because toned Tony edged out Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison to become second in career
1,104 catches. He now trails only Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. But Tony got one
reception that Rice never did: a warm reception from compassionate folks
everywhere for the naked anti-fur
he and his lovely wife, October, starred
Tight end indeed.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
In the wake of news reports that Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett recently acquired a "pet" alligator, whom he named Nino, PETA sent the defensive back a letter giving him a heads up that owning an alligator is unlawful in Arizona without a special permit and is heavily regulated in Florida (where Dockett acquired Nino). We've offered to help Dockett find a suitable permanent habitat for Nino.
Alligators in the wild roam freely and protect their territories, travel long distances, and thrive in the rivers and lakes that they call home. They never become "tame," and forcing one to live in confinement only makes for a frustrated and unhappy animal. Not only is this unfair to this gator, it is also dangerous for everyone.
We hope Dockett will take us up on our offer, and in the meantime, you can help by spreading the word about the miserable lives led by exotic animals kept as "pets."
Written by Jennifer O'Connor
Have you ever wondered what an uncooked McNugget looks like? Or who were the first vegans? How about who an NFL blogger would rather not have on the "skins" team? It's all here in our Friday afternoon helping of Internet Soup.
Here it is: PETA's third annual list of top vegetarian-friendly NFL stadiums. Football and food fans will rush to try the tasty eats available at these concession stands.
1. Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia Eagles)Flying high at number one is the Eagles' Lincoln Financial Field, where protein-packed mock-steak sandwiches, faux-chicken sandwiches, veggie dogs, and veggie burgers are coming off the grill faster than DeSean Jackson in the open field.2. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland Raiders)The only things scarier than a masked Raiders fan are the artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol lurking in meat. Fans of the Silver and Black who want to be around for seasons to come should choose the stadium's delicious vegetarian options, such as veggie burritos, veggie burgers, and (in premium seating areas) meat-free fajitas.3. Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers)At Lambeau Field, Packers fans are picking up hearty, meat-free fare—including veggie bratwurst, veggie burgers, and baked potatoes—quicker than Charles Woodson picks off errant passes.4. Georgia Dome (Atlanta FalconsDirty Bird fans can get a clean bill of health if they stick to the stadium's heart-healthy vegetarian options, such as veggie burgers and veggie dogs. Falcons fans who like sweets and are sweet to animals can also enjoy vegan chocolate-chip cupcakes. 5. (Tie) Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City Chiefs)Why has Arrowhead long been known as the loudest stadium in football? The crowd has been clamoring for more vegetarian options! Well, they got 'em. PETA recommends the lentil or veggie burgers instead of artery-clogging barbecue as well as the baked potatoes and (in premium areas) pasta with marinara sauce.5. (Tie) Ford Field (Detroit Lions)With Ndamukong Suh helping turn the franchise around, the Mu Shu Tofu Wrap at Ford Field is soon to be the Mu Suh Tofu Wrap. Lions fans can also sink their teeth into mouth-watering veggie burgers, fruit cups, and (in premium areas) grilled vegetable pasta salad with grilled zucchini, red onion, and red peppers.Congrats to all the winners. And now the big question: Who's hungry?
Written by Karin Bennett
I think I'm finally morphing into a football fan. First, I learned about all the excellent veggie fare at football stadiums, and today PETA released an exclusive interview with hunky football tight end Tony Gonzalez, and his gaga-gorgeous wife, October.
After their sexy shoot for a new anti-fur ad for PETA, the couple sat down to talk about the benefits of a plant-based diet. In the interview, Tony calls the cruel treatment of animals on factory farms "appalling" and describes how his health improved dramatically after ditching meat and dairy products two years ago.
On the many benefits of his mainly plant-based diet, Tony says, "I'm going into my 13th year in the NFL, and I switched over [to a plant-based diet] two years ago. … [T]he day after a game, everybody's sore … and I'm jumping rope and they're looking at me like, 'Man you're supposed to be the old guy on the team. You're acting like you're the youngest guy on the team.'"
I may be Tony's newest admirer, but I have no doubt that many of his longtime fans will follow his lead and explore meat-free cuisine.
Written by Karin Bennett
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