Report: Vegan Options Skyrocket on College Campuses

Ten Percent of Schools Made the 'Dean's List' on PETA's 2019 Vegan Report Card

For Immediate Release:
October 10, 2019

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Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – The results are in for PETA’s 2019 Vegan Report Card—the group’s annual survey of campus dining programs at more than 1,400 four-year colleges and universities—and in the last year, the number of schools offering vegan milks such as soy, almond, coconut, and oat has increased by over 150.

PETA’s Vegan Report Card grades schools on the number of clearly labeled vegan food items at every meal, the presence of any dedicated vegan dining stations or dining halls, and the availability of vegan milks and desserts, among other criteria. The number of schools earning an “A” or “B” grade has now reached 709 (compared to just 189 when the report card debuted in 2013), and the number of universities on PETA’s Dean’s List—which meet almost every requirement—has now reached an all-time high of 136 (compared to just 18 when the list was added in 2015). Standouts on the Dean’s List include MIT, the University of Florida, and the University of Colorado–Denver, where students can find options such as vegan ravioli, mac and cheese, and waffles.

“Today’s college students know that going vegan is the best way to improve their health, help the environment, and save animals’ lives,” says PETA Senior Director Marta Holmberg. “PETA’s Vegan Report Card highlights the colleges and universities that are doing a summa cum laude job of satisfying students’ hunger for vegan meals—and lets other schools know where they have room for improvement.”

According to a recent study, 70% of the world’s population is reducing or eliminating its meat consumption. Each person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals every year—and the United Nations reports that a global switch to vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit VeganReportCard.com.

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