With any luck, New Yorkers will soon be munching on vegan eats from VegiTerranean—the Akron, Ohio–based restaurant owned by Chrissie Hynde. As a ruthless advocate for animals and PETA’s long-time pal, Chrissie has chosen Freedom Tower as the perfect location for her deliciously indulgent and 100 percent cruelty-free restaurant.
When this memorial tower is complete, it will serve as a monument to the thousands of innocent individuals who lost their lives, sustained serious injuries, or had their lives changed forever on September 11, 2001. We think that there would be no better place to host an eatery that is opposed to the unnecessary cruelty and violence that goes into every hamburger, fish stick, or chicken dinner.
Like the innocent people who were attacked on that horrific day, animals who are confined to to tiny crates, cages, and stalls have no control over their surroundings. They’re terrified by the sights they see and the sounds they hear from other suffering animals. They’re prodded and hung upside down, and their throats are cut—all while they remain conscious. They have no way out.
Actress Alyssa Milano instantly made the connection between burning human flesh and the flesh of animals who we season, roast, and feed to our families. She ultimately made the decision to kick meat from her diet after a friend told her the smell of burning flesh on 9/11 reminder her of a barbecue. In an interview with peta2, Alyssa said, “The world has so much suffering in it already—choosing to be vegetarian is one thing you can do to reduce the suffering on a daily basis.”
If Freedom Tower becomes the new home-away-from-home for VegiTerranean, I’ll definitely be making the drive up there. But even if you live across the country and can’t make it to New York, there are dozens upon dozens of inexpensive, cruelty-free meals that can easily be prepared right in your own kitchen.
Written by Jennifer Cierlitsky