For Immediate Release:
March 9, 2021
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – In response to reports that Orbital Assembly will open Voyager Station—the first commercial “space hotel” with artificial gravity—in 2027, PETA blasted off a letter to its CEO and president, John Blincow, requesting that he make a big bang by serving solely vegan food at the hotel’s restaurant.
“As the meat, egg, and dairy industries are killing billions of animals a year and devastating the environment, interest in vegan eating is skyrocketing,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA urges Orbital Assembly to comet to dishing up a delicious five-star vegan menu that’s sure to land well with guests.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
PETA’s letter to Blincow follows.
March 9, 2021
CEO and President
Dear Mr. Blincow:
I’m writing on behalf of PETA and our more than 6.5 million members and supporters worldwide, including many thousands across California, in response to the exciting news that the Voyager Station will open in 2027. We applaud your bold plans, and we have a request: Please, will you serve exclusively vegan foods on the station so that guests who don’t consume meat, eggs, or dairy for ethical, environmental, health, or religious reasons will be able to enjoy the accommodations and so that others will be encouraged to choose foods from a cruelty-free, healthy, and out-of-this-world menu?
With growing awareness of many problems here on Earth, we are all encouraged to examine our personal impact on this planet’s resources and strive to be more empathetic. This societal reckoning must include a reflection on all the deeply disturbing ways in which animals are being harmed. Chickens’ and turkeys’ throats are slit while they’re still conscious, piglets aren’t given painkillers before their testicles are cut out, fish are suffocated or cut open while they’re still alive, and calves are forcibly removed from their adoring mothers within hours of birth.
The vegan Voyager Station’s popularity would likely surpass expectations, as the number of vegans has skyrocketed by 3,000% over the past 15 years and continues to climb. Since the start of the pandemic, 23% of Americans are eating more cruelty-free food, and sales of vegan items in the U.S. increased by 90% during the height of the pandemic. Avoiding meat and dairy is also better for your patrons’ health. Consuming dairy and meat, especially processed meat, has been linked to suffering from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Vegan meals are healthier and full of fiber, and they contain no cholesterol.
Dairy-free freeze-dried ice cream is already a reality, and The Herbivorous Butcher is creating vegan food for astronauts on Mars. NASA’s own plans for a proposed Mars mission with a human crew include a 100% vegan menu to provide astronauts with healthy meals in space.
Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to hearing from you.
Very truly yours,