Written by Alisa Mullins
These days, more and more hearty vegetarian meals are
popping up at sports venues across the continent. So, after years of ranking
the most vegetarian-friendly Major
League Baseball parks and NFL
stadiums, PETA has surveyed the top
vegetarian-friendly NBA arenas, and the results are in:
1. STAPLES Center
Because Lob City is playing
its best basketball in years, thanks to Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, Clippers
fans may have more to cheer about this year than Lakers fans do. But fans of
both teams have reason to celebrate the STAPLES Center's awesome vegetarian fare.
With vegan sloppy Joes, a veggie burger, vegan sushi, a grilled veggie sandwich, and
a hummus-and-pita plate, the STAPLES Center's vegetarian concessions are a slam
dunk for fans, no matter which team they're rooting for.
2. Air Canada Centre
The NBA's only
international team fittingly offers a menu with international flair. Fans in
general seating can choose from a vegan burrito, a hummus-and-veggie wrap, a veggie dog
topped with tomato and scallions, or a Bollywood veggie dog with potatoes, tamarind ketchup, papadum, and mint
chutney. In premium areas, vegetable sushi and chilled Vietnamese summer rolls
are on the menu. Fans flocking to see new arrival Rudy Gay won't be
disappointed with his performance or with the food at halftime.
3. Wells Fargo Center
When Andrew Bynum will suit up for the Sixers remains a mystery, but one
thing is certain: Fans looking for delicious, animal-friendly fare have come to
the right place. Veggie dogs, two kinds of veggie burgers, and roasted
butternut squash soup round out a starting lineup of vegetarian superstars that
give Philly fans plenty to cheer about.
4. BMO Harris Bradley Center
and Monta Ellis were All-Star snub victims, but vegetable-loving Bucks fans are
welcomed with open arms at the BMO Harris Bradley Center's concession stands.
They can choose from vegan tempeh sloppy Joes, hearty veggie burgers,
traditional PB&J sandwiches, fresh fruit, and baked potatoes. Meanwhile,
fans in premium areas can enjoy hot flatbread sandwiches made with marinated
tofu, pesto, and chipotle Vegenaise. And we can't help but wonder if the vegan
energy bars are what give Larry Sanders his impressive energy.
5. Oracle Arena
Second-year head coach Mark Jackson has orchestrated a
remarkable turnaround for the rejuvenated Golden State Warriors. But fans
crying foul because Stephen Curry was left out of the All-Star game certainly
won't feel cheated when they sample the tasty vegetarian fare at Oracle Arena.
A Vietnamese ginger-garlic tofu sandwich, tofu lettuce wraps, and Vietnamese
noodle salad lead an All-Star lineup of healthy, animal-friendly snacks that
are sure to have fans rebounding for more.
6. Rose Garden
Number six overall draft pick Damian Lillard is favored to
win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, so it's only fitting that Portland's Rose
Garden has netted sixth place on PETA's list, thanks to a variety of options like
veggie burgers, vegan protein shakes, vegetable sandwiches, a broccoli stir-fry
with rice or noodles, and granola with berries, bananas, and vegan protein
powder at concession stands—plus, stir-fried soy strips with pineapple and
teriyaki sauce in the suites.
7. United Center
Derrick Rose may not be returning any time soon, but the
delicious meat-free fare at the United Center gives Bulls fans plenty to smile about. A vegan tempeh sloppy Joe, a
veggie burger, and a baked potato lead the charge.
8. AT&T Center
For yet another year, the Spurs find themselves with one of
the best records in the NBA, and now they can tout another accomplishment: earning
a spot on PETA's top 10 list. It's fitting that familiar favorites, including
bean burritos and tacos, vegan apple turnovers, and, in premium areas, vegan
sloppy Joes, would be found at the home of the veteran team.
9. Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Indiana's faithful should be proud, as suffocating defense
and physical play have kept the Pacers in the mix in the East, even without
leading scorer Danny Granger. Another source of pride? Bankers Life Fieldhouse's
hearty vegan sloppy Joes, veggie burgers, and garden-fresh salads, which have
animal-friendly fans swarming to the concession stands just as their Pacers
swarm to the ball.
10. The Palace of Auburn Hills
We know that the days of violence at The Palace of Auburn Hills are
behind us, so if you're a Pistons fan, why not indulge in some cruelty-free
fare, including vegan sloppy Joes, fresh fruit, smoothies made with soy milk,
and quinoa-and-lentil salads? Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond clearly have
bright futures ahead of them, and Pistons fans can, too, thanks to healthy and
delicious meat-free meals.
in mind that we've just mentioned a small sampling of the vegetarian food being
offered—and that these arenas are just the best of the best. Many other venues
also offer a wide variety of vegetarian options, including honorable mention
awardees Madison Square
Garden (falafel, veggie sushi, edamame), Philips Arena (vegan sloppy Joes, pasta, baked potato), Time Warner Cable Arena (lentil veggie burger, grilled vegetable kebab, vegetarian
panini), Sleep Train
Arena (vegan sloppy Joes and veggie burgers), and Amway
Center (vegan sloppy Joes and veggie burgers).
No matter which team gets your blood pumping, you can help make
sure that you're around to cheer them on for many years to come by choosing
healthy vegetarian snacks. To paraphrase vegan NBA champ John Salley, it's the best damn way to eat. Period.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
The results are in! Here are the minor league ballparks across the country that are swinging for
the fence for animals:
Miracle's Hammond StadiumHammond Stadium is holding onto its title, earning the number one spot for the second year in a
row. It's no surprise, with offerings like veggie burgers (with
optional vegan cheese), veggie tacos, veggie dogs, a veggie Philly sandwich, a
fruit-and-vegetable tray, and vegetarian baked beans.
Wings' Frontier FieldNarrowly
defeated by Hammond Stadium for the second year in a row, Frontier Field claimed
another silver medal. Is this the beginning of a rivalry? Red Wings fans can be
found noshing on vegan pizza, vegan hot dogs, veggie or portobello mushroom
burgers, pasta with tomato sauce, baked potatoes, and fruit platters.
Athletic ParkBull Durham often scores a
spot on lists of top sports movies, and Durham's real-life stadium is once
again deserving of honors for its cruelty-free fare. Bulls fans can enjoy
veggie sausage, veggie dogs, black-bean veggie burgers, salads, fruit cups, and a tofu burrito.
Rocks' Frawley StadiumIt's
been several years since Frawley Stadium has made an appearance in the top 10,
but when this team makes a comeback, it does it right. Frawley now offers a
long list of vegetarian and vegan fare, including veggie hot dogs and burgers,
vegetable and fruit platters, ziti marinara, garden salad, vegan pasta salad,
and vegan coleslaw, and the cooks can even prepare custom dishes.
is A-OK with animal friends because of its mouthwatering selection, including a
veggie frank, Boca burger, bean burrito, vegetarian taco salad, vegetable wrap,
hummus-and-tabouli platter, three-bean salad, and fresh green salad.
TinCaps' Parkview FieldParkview
Field is enjoying its inaugural spot on the top 10 list, thanks to an extensive
menu of delicious options, such as the black-bean burger, veggie burrito,
spinach veggie wrap, roasted tomato veggie wrap, PB&J, hummus with
vegetables, fresh fruit, beans, rice, corn, salad, and grilled or fresh vegetables.
making its debut on the top 10 list, the Eugene Emeralds shone for animals this
year, giving fans yummy choices like veggie hot dogs and burgers, veggie
burritos, grilled corn on the cob, apples, and fruit cups.
Isotopes' Isotopes ParkThe
Isotopes got their name from the long-running Fox series The Simpsons, and vegetarian Lisa Simpson would agree that the team has done meat-free fans proud.
Albuquerqueans can munch on veggie dogs and burgers, bean burritos, veggie
wraps, wok-fried soba noodles with veggies, veggie kabobs, fresh salads, and
fruit or vegetable trays.
Sox's McCoy StadiumThe PawSox returned to the top 10 with a fury after a long absence, hitting a
grand slam with dishes like hummus and pita chips, a fresh-cut veggie tray,
fruit salad, fried green-bean straws, vegetable crudités, a garden or tossed
salad, veggie dogs, and veggie burgers.
10. Nashville Sounds' Herschel Greer StadiumIt
sounds like Nashville is full of animal-friendly sports lovers, with Herschel
Greer Stadium serving up veggie dogs and burgers, nacho salad, grilled
vegetable wraps, and seasonal fruit displays.
Congrats to the Carolina Mudcats' Five
County Stadium, the Memphis Redbirds' AutoZone Park, the Frederick Keys' Harry
Grove Stadium, and the Connecticut Tigers' Dodd Stadium for scoring honorable mentions.
And a big thank-you to Veggie
Happy for also working hard to get more and more excellent vegetarian and vegan dishes at stadiums nationwide.
It used to be that a day spent watching the great American
pastime could do some serious damage to our great American waistlines. Not so much
now, with hungry fans making the healthy vegetarian and vegan options that
stadiums are offering disappear like a Ryan Braun homer. Here are our 2012 picks for major league stadiums that knock it out of the park
when it comes to delicious veggie fare:
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Congrats to the Chicago White Sox's U.S. Cellular Field, the
Boston Red Sox's Fenway Park, the Colorado Rockies' Coors Field, the Atlanta
Braves' Turner Field, the Arizona Diamondbacks' Chase Field, and the San
Francisco Giants' AT&T Park for earning honorable mentions. Many thanks to
the sporty folks at Veggie
Happy for helping to get more vegetarian and vegan options on stadium menus
for truth, justice, and the cruelty-free way, PETA's caped crusaders descended
on the Ottawa Comiccon to ask fans to be superheroes for animals by going vegan.
meat and dairy industries
are colder to animals
than Mr. Freeze, but all people can
fight for good every time they sit down to eat.
to fly faster than a speeding bullet, be more powerful than a locomotive, and
leap tall buildings in a single bound? Just get rid of the kryptonite, er, animal products.
Written by Jeff Mackey
PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman, who's also the
mother of a child in the California public school system, has written to the administrator
of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service asking
that the service pull all beef and cow's milk from school lunches after mad cow disease was discovered in an animal at a California rendering plant.
A group of parents who are "DAM MAD" (Dads Against
Meat and Mothers Against Dairy) also converged on the Sacramento headquarters
of the California Department of Food and Agriculture to urge it to protect
children by pulling meat and dairy products from school lunches.
What's truly mad is continuing to feed beef and cow's milk
to students, especially because "spent" cows, whose milk supply is exhausted by the dairy industry, are the primary concern
when it comes to mad cow disease and
are likely to end up as the kind of cheap ground beef that is fed to schoolchildren.
Given that the USDA has expanded its quarantine to a second
dairy farm, that it still has not located the infected cow's mother or siblings
(who may also have the disease), and that it doesn't even know what the California dairy industry is feeding its
cows (because that's considered a "trade secret"), the USDA must
stop risking our children's health and remove beef and cow's milk from school
cafeterias right away.
Tracy's letter and the demonstration by the DAM MAD parents coincided
with another PETA appeal to the USDA urging Secretary
Tom Vilsack to correct misleading statements that he made regarding the
detection of the disease—also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)—that created a false and dangerous sense of security by erroneously
claiming that the nation's human and animal food supply is safe.
In the letter to Vilsack, PETA points out that there is no way
to know how many other animals are infected with mad cow disease because only a
tiny fraction—about 0.1 percent of the nearly 34 million cows who are
slaughtered every year—are tested for BSE. It's also likely that milk from the
cow who tested positive entered the food chain, and contrary to the USDA's
assurances about the safety of milk, studies have already shown that another
form of the disease can be spread from mother to baby through milk.
Worried that tainted milk or meat may be on your child's
lunch tray? Don't wait for the USDA to act. Protect your kids (and yourself) by
packing healthy and humane vegan
lunches—and keep it up at breakfast, dinner, and snacktime, too!
helping race fans rev up their own engines on healthy vegan food, NASCAR,
IndyCar, track owners Speedway Motorsports, and food-service provider Levy
Restaurants are each driving off with PETA's first-ever High Octane Award.
four racing aficionados have teamed up to offer fans animal-friendly food at Atlanta
Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and
New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
they're for Team Lally, Earnhardt, Hamlin, Stewart, Patrick, or anyone else,
race fans always have a reason to cheer when they're treating animals and their bodies well with racetrack
fare such as the Going Green Salad With Fried Green Tomatoes, the Summer
Vegetable and Tofu Flatbread, or the ever-popular Sloppy Jane made with tempeh,
peppers, onions, and molasses and brown sugar barbecue sauce.
to leave meat behind in the pit? Gentlemen (and ladies), here's how to start your engines.
Written by PETA
What happens when you get a bunch of over-the-top meat-centric YouTubers who seem to not give a hoot about their health, animals, or the nastiness of their gluttonous creations (e.g., steak-bacon-ham-cheese-sauce version of a ginger-bread house)? "Epic Meal Time."
Feeling nauseous now? Me too!
Luckily, some vegans in a hissy one-upped that show with their incredibly funny spoof: "Vegan Meal Time." Get ready to feast your eyes on a tofu/seaweed/spaghetti/soy sauce feast that's out of this world!
Written by Sunny Subramanian
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