Detroit Restaurant to Be Honored at PETA President’s University Event

For Immediate Release:
September 12, 2014

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Detroit – PETA President Ingrid Newkirk’s novel ways to defend animals—including spending time in a Pennsylvania prison for disrupting a pigeon shoot, taking over a fur designer’s office, pulling a horse carriage through the streets of Mumbai, and lying naked in a coffin in New York’s Times Square—have all been for a good cause: to stop the needless suffering of animals and help people “make kind choices,” a PETA tenet and the subject of one of her books. And on September 13 at Wayne State University, she’ll deliver a talk designed to help people understand PETA’s motto: “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any way.” The event, part of Newkirk’s Naked Truth international tour, will include a lively stage interview with questions from the audience and the presentation of PETA’s Compassionate Business Award to Erika Boyd and Kirsten Ussery, co-owners and head chefs of Detroit Vegan Soul.

When:   Saturday, September 13, 2 p.m.

Where:  McGregor Memorial Conference Center, 495 Ferry Mall (between Cass Avenue and Anthony Wayne Drive), Detroit

“Detroit Vegan Soul is leading the way when it comes to dishing up healthy, humane, and eco-friendly food for the people of Detroit,” says Newkirk. “Everyone from schoolkids to former President Bill Clinton is going vegan, and my talk will shed lots of light on why.”

Founded in 2012, Detroit Vegan Soul was born out of its founders’ desire to make healthy food accessible to everyone and break the cycle of diet-related diseases in their families and community. As Detroit’s first 100 percent vegan soul food café in the historic West Village, Detroit Vegan Soul offers “veganized” comfort foods such as “catfish” tofu, mac and “cheese,” and more.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind