For Immediate Release:
January 18, 2023
Robin Goist 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – In the lead-up to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, PETA sent a letter today to Editor-in-Chief Radhika Jones, calling on her to make this year’s event an animal-friendly, eco-conscious affair by replacing the In-N-Out Burger food truck with one of the many local vegan food trucks, such as Hart House, Compton Vegan, or Wolfie’s Hot Chicken.
PETA points out that vegan eating has skyrocketed by 3,000% since 2015—led by Oscar winners and nominees, including James Cromwell, Joaquin Phoenix, Natalie Portman, Cynthia Erivo, Woody Harrelson, Jessica Chastain, and Casey Affleck—and the United Nations has urged a global shift to vegan eating to combat the worst effects of the climate catastrophe.
“It’s high time for Vanity Fair to snub the meat, egg, and dairy industries for guzzling up our water supply, warming the planet, and tearing baby cows away from their mothers,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is urging Vanity Fair to make the Oscar Party a win for everyone by only serving up delicious, locally crafted vegan fare.”
Every person who goes vegan not only helps the planet but also spares animals daily misery in squalid, crowded conditions and a terrifying death in a slaughterhouse. In the meat, egg, and dairy industries, cows are raised on filthy outdoor feedlots and transported hundreds of miles to slaughterhouses in all weather extremes; chickens are so intensively confined that although normally clean animals, they are forced to urinate and defecate on one another; and piglets may be castrated and their tails cut off without painkillers.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
PETA’s letter to Jones follows.
January 18, 2023
Dear Ms. Jones:
I’m writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals—PETA entities have more than 9 million members and supporters globally, and PETA U.S. is the largest animal rights organization in the world—to request that the Vanity Fair Oscar Party host one of Los Angeles’ many excellent vegan food trucks, like Hart House or Wolfie’s, which serve delicious, climate-friendly, and humane burgers and sandwiches, instead of one that serves meat.
Over the past 15 years, the number of people who identify as vegan has skyrocketed by 3,000% as Oscar winners and nominees like James Cromwell, Joaquin Phoenix, Natalie Portman, Cynthia Erivo, Woody Harrelson, Jessica Chastain, and Casey Affleck have led the way.
Yet most of the 29 million cows who are killed in the U.S. each year are raised on filthy factory farms, where they endure extreme crowding and routine mutilations—without any pain relief—before they’re sent on a terrifying journey to a slaughterhouse to experience a violent death. Cows are curious, clever animals who have been known to go to extraordinary lengths to escape from slaughterhouses. Forgoing burgers made from cows and opting for delicious vegan choices instead would spare these gentle giants this miserable fate.
And of course, with all we now know about the climate catastrophe, there’s simply no excuse for eating animals. According to the United Nations, a global shift to vegan eating is required to combat the worst effects of climate change, as animal agriculture alone is responsible for approximately one-fifth of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.
There has never been a more opportune time to embrace climate- and animal-friendly foods, and we urge Vanity Fair to ensure that the Oscar Party meets the call. Please let us know if you need any assistance finding a vegan food truck that could cater to the event’s needs.