State College Eatery Wins Spot on PETA’s List of Top Vegan Chili Dishes

For Immediate Release:
September 29, 2021

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State College, Pa. – To celebrate the start of fall, PETA has scoured the country for the best and heartiest vegan chili dishes—and Webster’s Bookstore Café has landed a spot on the list for its Vegan 5 Bean Chili, stewed with an umami-rich blend of 15 herbs and spices, local organic tomatoes, peppers, and a surprising secret ingredient (smoked black tea!).

“Chili is the ultimate comfort food, and this one comes with the comforting thought that no animals were harmed to make it,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA celebrates Webster’s for helping people tuck into their favorite foods without the cruelty or the cholesterol.”

PETA notes that the meat industry brands cows, castrates them, and rips the horns out of their skulls, often without any painkillers. Afterward, workers pack the animals into filthy feedlots and then into transport trucks for a terrifying trip to the slaughterhouse. Vegan meat sales increased 148% in 2020 compared to the year before, and 47% of Americans want to incorporate more vegan foods into their meals in 2021.

Other honorees include Plant Bae in Montgomery, Alabama; Arles & Boggs Vegan Eatery in Wallingford, Connecticut; House of Leaf & Bean in Jacksonville, Florida; The Grit in Athens, Georgia; The Social Vegan in Lexington, Kentucky; and Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington, D.C. Each eatery will receive a framed certificate from PETA, which offers many vegan chili recipes on its website.

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.

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