Coast Guard Training Center Nabs PETA Award for Vegan Dining

For Immediate Release:
May 2, 2022

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Yorktown, Va. – A Proggy Award (“Proggy” is for “progress”) is on its way from PETA to U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown in honor of its provision of vegan options in its main dining hall. Featuring tasty, animal-free fare that changes daily—such as lemon-turmeric pasta with sundried tomatoes and pistachios, creamy carrot ginger soup, and jackfruit bulgogi bowls topped with fresh herbs and sesame seeds—the menu is so popular that it attracts more diners than just the vegan students, who at one point represented 10% of the entire base.

“From passionfruit panna cotta to Beyond Bolognese, students at U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown delight in high-quality dishes that are kind to animals, the Earth, and their arteries,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “As demand for vegan fare skyrockets, PETA looks forward to seeing every military base progress to offering healthy, compassionate, and eco-friendly foods.”

In addition to sparing nearly 200 animals each year daily suffering and a terrifying death, going vegan reduces a diner’s chances of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and other often fatal health conditions. It also helps the planet: The United Nations states that animal agriculture is responsible for nearly a fifth of human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions and warns that a global shift to vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of the climate catastrophe.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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