The Owlery’s ‘Fish’ Tacos Nab Top 10 Vegan Seafood Award

PETA Honors Bloomington Restaurant for Delicious Faux-Fish Dish Drizzled With Cayenne-Lime Sauce

For Immediate Release:
August 22, 2018

Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382

Bloomington, Ind. – The results are in for PETA’s first-ever Top 10 Vegan Seafood Dishes, and Bloomington eatery The Owlery has nabbed a spot on the list for its tofu “fish” tacos dressed with pico de gallo, red cabbage, and a zesty cayenne-lime sauce. Another menu standout is the classic “fish” and chips dish—fried faux fish served with fresh-cut fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce, and a pickle spear.

“The Owlery’s exquisite fish-free tacos give diners a taste of the sea without tearing sensitive aquatic animals from their ocean homes and slapping them on a dinner plate,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “All the restaurants on PETA’s list are dishing up mouthwatering animal-free seafood that’s sure to have diners catching—and riding—the vegan wave.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that crustaceans and other sea animals feel pain, yet live lobsters are dropped into boiling water, crabs are dismembered while still conscious, and fish are gutted on the decks of fishing boats. And because fish absorb contamination from the water in which they live, their flesh is laced with toxins, such as mercury, lead, arsenic, PCBs, pesticides, and even industrial-strength fire retardant. Every person who goes vegan prevents nearly 200 animals a year—including fish and other marine life who are hauled out of the sea and left to bleed to death or suffocate on the decks of fishing boats—from being abused and slaughtered.

Rounding out PETA’s list—in no particular order—are dishes from Detroit Vegan Soul in Detroit; 3 Brothers Vegan Cafe on Long Island, New York; Imagine Vegan Cafe in Memphis, Tennessee; Sailor Jack’s in Kansas City, Missouri; The Land of Kush in Baltimore; Vegan House in Phoenix; The Grange in Providence, Rhode Island; Seed in New Orleans; and Crossroads in Los Angeles.

PETA offers a variety of delicious vegan seafood dishes on its website as well as a vegan starter kit full of recipes, tips on dining out, and more. For more information, please visit or click here.

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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