peta2's 2017 Vegan Report Card Reveals Dramatic Increase in On-Campus Vegan Food Options
For Immediate Release:
October 10, 2017
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – The results are in for the 2017 Vegan Report Card from peta2—PETA’s youth division—and this year, the group’s annual survey of campus dining programs at more than 1,400 four-year colleges and universities found that the number of available vegan options is at an all-time high.
The most dramatic increase was the number of schools with dedicated vegan dining stations, which more than doubled, rising from 132 to 274 schools. Roughly 70 percent of all schools now have at least one vegan option available every single day, a nearly 10 percent increase over last year. peta2’s dean’s list of top performers now includes 69 schools (compared to just 37 last year), and nearly 60 percent of schools surveyed earned an “A” or “B” grade (versus less than half of those surveyed last year).
“peta2’s Vegan Report Card documents the ways in which schools are keeping up with the skyrocketing demand for healthy, humane, and eco-friendly vegan meals,” says peta2 Director of International Youth Outreach Ryan Huling. “Universities that want to remain relevant and competitive with other schools must ensure that vegan food is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”
peta2’s Vegan Report Card grades schools on the availability of clearly labeled vegan food 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 dean’s list schools—such as Duke, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Yale, and others—meet almost every requirement. Other notable “A”-earning schools include Brown, New York University, Princeton, and the University of Florida.