For Immediate Release:
September 28, 2021
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Lexington, Ky. – To celebrate the start of fall, PETA has scoured the country for the best and heartiest vegan chili dishes—and The Social Vegan has landed a spot on the list for its Vegan Chili Queso Cheese Fries, loaded with meatless chili-spiced crumbles, dairy-free queso, green onions, and chopped tomatoes.
“Chili fries are the ultimate comfort food, and these come with the comforting thought that no animals were harmed to make them,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA celebrates The Social Vegan for helping people tuck into their favorite foods without the cruelty or the cholesterol.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that the meat industry brands cows, castrates them, and rips the horns out of their skulls, often without any painkillers. Afterward, workers pack the animals into filthy feedlots and then into transport trucks for a terrifying trip to the slaughterhouse. Vegan meat sales increased 148% in 2020 compared to the year before, and 47% of Americans want to incorporate more vegan foods into their meals in 2021.
Other honorees include Plant Bae in Montgomery, Alabama; Arles & Boggs Vegan Eatery in Wallingford, Connecticut; House of Leaf & Bean in Jacksonville, Florida; The Grit in Athens, Georgia; and Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington, D.C. Each eatery will receive a framed certificate from PETA, which offers many vegan chili recipes on its website.