PETA Latino to Donate Vegan Meals to Local Hospital Workers

Chipotle Burritos and Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Will Be Sent to Workers at Hard-Hit Scripps Mercy Hospital

For Immediate Release:
May 6, 2020

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Chula Vista, Calif. – To help fuel workers at Scripps Mercy Hospital—which is caring for dozens of patients from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border who are afflicted with COVID-19—PETA Latino will deliver delicious, healthy vegan burritos from Chipotle as well as scrumptious vegan ice cream generously donated by Baskin-Robbins to doctors, nurses, and support staff in the hard-hit facility’s intensive care unit and other departments. The donation will take place during lunchtime on Thursday, May 7. Photos and videos will be available upon request following the event, as the media is not currently allowed on the hospital’s campus.

“Healthcare workers at Scripps Mercy Hospital and around the world are heroes who deserve tasty, immune-boosting vegan food,” says PETA Latino Senior Manager Alicia Aguayo. “PETA Latino hopes this lunchtime delivery will brighten their tough day and remind everyone that tofu, unlike flesh from abused animals, never caused a pandemic.”

PETA Latino—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that the novel coronavirus originated in a Chinese “wet market,” where live and dead animals are sold for human consumption; swine flu began on a U.S. factory farm; and other influenza viruses have been traced to chickens. Factory farms and slaughterhouses are as filthy as live-animal markets—their floors are covered with blood, urine, feces, and offal, creating a perfect breeding ground for pathogens that can cross the species barrier.

In addition to helping prevent future catastrophic global pandemics, each person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals every year and significantly reduces their own risk of suffering from health problems, including strokes, obesity, cancer, and heart disease.

PETA Latino opposes speciesism, the belief that humans’ lives matter more than the lives of other animals. For more information, please visit

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