Girl Scouts Win PETA Award for New Vegan Cookie

For Immediate Release:
December 18, 2020

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

New York – For adding another vegan cookie to its already impressive animal-friendly cookie lineup and for inspiring millions of girls and their families to choose vegan treats, PETA is awarding the Girl Scouts with a special certificate and “Cookies With Heart” badge. The Scouts’ tasty Toast-Yay! cookie is shaped like a miniature piece of toast and dipped in white icing on one side and tastes like cinnamon and maple syrup.

“The Girl Scouts are winning hearts and minds with delicious vegan treats that are kind to animals and the planet,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA is recognizing this institution for bringing Toast-Yay! and other animal-free cookies to the masses.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that choosing vegan cookies shows kindness to mother cows whose calves are taken away from them on dairy farms and to mother hens who are caged and used as egg-producing machines until their bodies give out and they’re sent to slaughter.

It’s estimated that each person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals every year, and they can even help prevent future pandemics—the 1918 pandemic and the current one as well as SARS and swine flu have all been traced to animal markets and factory farms.

The Girl Scouts’ other vegan cookies include Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, S’mores, Lemonades, and Thanks-A-Lots.

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