Switched to Takeout? Monterey Burrito Joint Wins PETA Kudos

During Coronavirus Quarantines, Group Rallies Support for Small Businesses by Honoring the Best Vegan Fare

For Immediate Release:
March 26, 2020

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Monterey, Calif. – Just in time for National Burrito Day (April 2)—and to encourage people to support local restaurants through takeout and delivery methods during COVID-19 quarantines—PETA has compiled a list of some of the Top Vegan Burritos from restaurants around the country, and El Cantaro Vegan Mexican Restaurant‘s Fish Tuna Burrito nabbed a spot. The fan favorite includes a flour tortilla stuffed with vegan fish, chipotle sauce, seasoned rice and beans, crisp cabbage, and plenty of vegan cheese.

“By treating yourself to El Cantaro’s delicious vegan Fish Tuna Burrito, you can support a local business while fighting cruelty to animals and human health problems on a global scale,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “As 75% of influenza viruses—and the coronavirus—are linked to animal agriculture, preventing future pandemics is as simple as opting for a delicious vegan burrito over a meaty one.”

Health authorities confirm that influenza viruses and coronaviruses are zoonotic (transmissible from other animals to humans)—and filthy farms and markets crammed full of sick animals are breeding grounds for such deadly maladies. Previous influenza viruses have originated in chickens and pigs. Each person can help cut off animal-borne pathogens at the source—and save the lives of nearly 200 animals each year—by going vegan.

Other honorees include the Big Vegan Burrito with Pollo Asado from Cena Vegan in Los Angeles, the California Burrito with Al Pastor from Pancho’s Vegan Tacos in Las Vegas, and the Vegan Steak Burrito from Vegos in Albuquerque, New Mexico. View the full list here.

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.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind