Pennsylvania’s Lincoln University recently caused quite an uproar with the news that it requires obese students to enroll in—and complete—a fitness course before they can graduate. PETA applauds the school’s effort to promote healthier lifestyles, but—let’s face it—mandating fitness classes will have little or no impact if students continue to chow down on cheeseburgers and milkshakes. So we’re urging Lincoln University officials to go a step further by making the school what PETA believes is this nation’s first all-vegan campus.
The evidence is clear: Vegans are likely to be thinner and in better overall health than meat-eaters. The American Dietetic Association, the nation’s largest group of nutrition professionals, found that vegetarians have lower rates of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer than do meat-eaters. By swapping chicken nuggets for tempeh tacos, university officials will help students realize the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Plus, countless animals will be spared horrendous suffering on factory farms and cruel deaths in slaughterhouses.
Written by Karin Bennett