PETA to Feed Healthy Vegan Meals to Local Hospital Workers

For Immediate Release:
September 3, 2021

Tapi Mbundure 202-483-7382

Fayetteville, Ark. – To help fuel health-care workers as local COVID-19 cases remain high, PETA will deliver free vegan lunches to Washington Regional Medical Center on Wednesday. Served hot from nearby Mellow Mushroom, the balsamic-marinated tempeh hoagies and veggie-packed pizzas should come as a relief to the hardworking staff.

“Fayetteville’s health-care workers all need a boost, so PETA is providing them with a healthy and hearty pick-me-up,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “We want to brighten some shifts, save some animals, and remind everyone that plant foods never caused a pandemic.”

PETA notes that 75% of recently emerged infectious diseases in humans came from other species of animals. COVID-19 is thought to have originated in bat caves or live-animal markets in China. In addition to helping to prevent future pandemics, people who go vegan each save the lives of nearly 200 animals every year and significantly reduce their risk of suffering from health problems, including strokes, cancer, and heart disease.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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