Nosh On PETA’s Favorite Meat-Free Picks This National Meatball Day

For Immediate Release:
March 2, 2021

Tapi Mbundure 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Mamma mia! National Meatball Day—March 9—is just around the corner! As interest in going vegan climbs to all-time highs and conscientious eaters recognize the beef and dairy industries’ role in climate change, more people than ever are looking for animal- and eco-friendly meatballs that rival their grandparents’ classic recipes.

Making juicy vegan meatballs is as easy as combining cauliflower and breadcrumbs or Soyrizo and meatless crumbles—or just picking up a convenient pre-made option from vegan havens like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Beyond Meat, Gardein, 365 Everyday Value, and even IKEA offer their own hearty—but meatless and cholesterol-free—meatballs.

In addition to saving nearly 200 animals every year, each person who goes vegan reduces their risk of suffering from illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. Eating vegan also helps prevent future pandemics: SARS, swine flu, bird flu, and COVID-19 all stemmed from confining and killing animals for food.

More recipes are available on our website—they’re perfect for National Meatball Day and every day.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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