It’s a Wrap: Local Restaurant Nabs PETA Award for Delicious Vegan-Friendly Burrito

For Immediate Release:
October 1, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Fargo, N.D. – To spice things up for Mexican Village‘s 50th anniversary, PETA is presenting the beloved local eatery with a Vegan Great Taste Award for its jalapeño bean burrito with gravy—which is 100% vegan if you say “no cheese, please”—a tasty treat that’s been on the menu from the restaurant’s beginning.

“Sin queso, Mexican Village’s burritoful bean burrito is spicy, satisfying, and 100% cruelty- and animal-free,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Knowing that this pandemic originated in a meat market, PETA hopes Mexican Village packs its menu with more great-tasting meat-free offerings.”

PETA notes that vegan eating should be everyone’s “new normal,” as health authorities confirm that influenza viruses and coronaviruses are zoonotic (transmissible from other animals to humans)—and filthy farms and markets crammed full of sick animals are breeding grounds for such deadly maladies. Influenza viruses have originated in pigs and chickens. Each person can help cut off animal-borne pathogens at the source simply by opting for a bean burrito over a meaty one.

In addition, each person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals every year, significantly reduces their own risk of suffering from health problems—including strokes, obesity, cancer, and heart disease—and combats speciesism, the archaic belief that other animals’ interests and feelings can be ignored and that it’s acceptable to exploit and consume them.

Mexican Village will receive a framed certificate.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat.” For more information, please visit

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