Taste Test: Harvard Students to Head to TGI Fridays for New ‘Beyond Burger’

With Support From peta2, Harvard Law's Animal Rights Group Will Hold a Meeting Over Chain's Delicious Vegan Burgers That 'Bleed'

For Immediate Release:
October 4, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Mansfield, Mass. – Today, a campus representative for peta2—PETA’s youth division—will lead Harvard Law School’s animal rights student group on a fun fieldtrip to TGI Fridays in Mansfield to sample the restaurant’s new offering: the vegan Beyond Burger, which is loaded with protein and even “bleeds” beet juice. The plan? Hold a club meeting while supporting the addition of a delicious plant-based burger and encouraging a popular chain restaurant to expand its vegan options for customers across the country.

“These kind Ivy Leaguers know that plant foods give them the fuel that they need to study hard and perform well,” says peta2 Director of International Youth Outreach Ryan Huling. “peta2 regularly hears from clued-in students who want to eat at restaurants that share their values, and TGI Fridays has just gone above and beyond the rest with its new addition of the Beyond Burger.”

peta2—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that in order to make beef hamburgers, which are loaded with artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol, cows are hung upside down and bled to death, often while they’re still conscious. In addition to sparing more than 100 animals a year immense suffering, going vegan reduces a person’s chances of suffering from cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and strokes—and it’s more effective at countering the worst effects of climate change than switching from a standard car to a hybrid.

Other delicious options at TGI Fridays that can be made vegan include the Black Bean and Avocado Burger; Loaded Potato Skins, which can be piled high with guacamole and black beans; and angel hair pasta with garlic, mushrooms, red peppers, and squash.

For more information, please visit peta2.com.

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