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!
Written by Michelle Kretzer
Sometimes 140 characters are all it
takes. Here are the best celebrity tweets of the week that honored animals and
persuaded people to be compassionate toward them.
To get animal-friendly messages that can
be retweeted sent directly to your Twitter feed, follow @PETA.
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.
Rosie O'Donnell suffered a heart attack
and discovered that one of her arteries was 99 percent blocked, she knew it was
time to change her lifestyle. She cleaned her diet of animal products, watched
the powerful documentary Forks Over Knives, and spoke with one of
the film's driving forces (and Bill Clinton mentor), Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. PETA also sent her a vegetarian/vegan starter kit,
slaughterhouse exposé "Glass
Walls," and cookbooks. Rosie is keeping her
fans updated via Twitter and her blog, noting that she is losing weight and
Texans running back Arian
Foster is getting a rush from
being vegan. As the favorite to lead the NFL in rushing yards this season, he
joined the celebrities who were advocating for animals on Twitter this week by
posting some hilarious words for naysayers:
PeoplePets.com named its favorite "pet
Tweethearts"—celebrities who fill the Twitterverse with "aww-worthy" pictures and sentiments
about their animal companions. Rescue advocates Miley Cyrus and Carrie Underwood graced the list with
numerous posts about their beloved dogs.
Bradley Cooper prefers to sing the
praises of his rescued dog in more than 140 characters. He took his pup,
Charlotte, along for his appearance on Live!
With Kelly. His other rescued dog, Samson, passed away earlier this year,
but we wouldn't be surprised to see Bradley and Charlotte adopting a new member
into the family soon.
Missy Elliott is dropping two new singles over Labor Day weekend,
but she isn't dropping her stance on spaying and neutering: Missy knows that a real
"misdemeanor" would be contributing to animal homelessness by not having your dogs and cats sterilized.
keep up with how the stars are helping animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
got rockin' at our "Summer Is No Vacation for Animals on Fur Farms"
demonstration in Portland, Maine, when Gavin Rossdale and his son Kingston
thanked the demonstrators for being there and mentioned that he and his fur-free wife, Gwen Stefani, are teaching their
children to be kind to animals.
Chad Ochocinco (whose sizzling PETA anti-fur ad might be part of the reason why he's considered "the ultimate catch")
tied the knot last weekend with fiancée Evelyn Lozada. So PETA sent the happy
couple—what else?—an elegant faux-fur throw from Donna Salyers' Fabulous-Furs.
foe Lea Michele is being recognized for
her animal activism. She earned a 2012 Do Something Award nomination for her work with
PETA to shut down New York
City's cruel horse-drawn carriage industry. Be sure to cast your
pals are snagging nominations right and left this week. Eva Mendes, Penélope Cruz, Benicio Del Toro, Roselyn Sanchez, Martin Sheen, and Constance Marie are all nominated for 2012
National Council of La Raza ALMA
vegetarian wrestler Austin
Aries just claimed the title
of TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
When 11-time Olympic medal winner Natalie Coughlin heads to London, she'll
have some new reading material for the plane. PETA sent the swimmer vegan cookbooks and a vegetarian/vegan starter kit to help her maintain
her nearly 100 percent vegetarian diet on the road.
star Arian Foster is hopping on the vegan-athlete
bandwagon. His inspiring tweets were some of the best in the Twitterverse this
Dominic Monaghan also took to Twitter to
defend animals this week, calling the show Swamp
People, which glorifies the killing
of alligators, "death entertainment" that "continues to demonize
reptiles as monsters and animals that are okay to torture and kill." He
then vowed, "I'm gonna stop them."
Bob Barker is ready to put a stop
to the Calgary Stampede. Everyone's
favorite game show host said of the cruel 10-day rodeo festival, in which three horses have already died
this year, "I would like very much to see them celebrate the 100th anniversary of the
Calgary Stampede by saying that is enough animal cruelty. Let's wind it up and
close it down."
keep up with what the stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
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an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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