Vegan Sweet Treats Make Officers and Animals Happy
For Immediate Release:
August 10, 2017
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
New York – Amid reports that the New York Police Department (NYPD) is boycotting Dunkin’ Donuts after two officers from the 73rd Precinct were refused service at a franchise in Bedford-Stuyvesant, PETA is sending the precinct a dozen boxes of decadent animal-free doughnuts from vegan bakery Dun-Well Doughnuts. In a letter sent to the NYPD this morning, PETA explains that the cholesterol- and cruelty-free treats will protect officers’ health and still let them pamper themselves with pastries.
“PETA’s delicious donated doughnuts are jam-packed with flavor and extend the boycott to the notoriously cruel, industrialized egg and dairy industries,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “These doughnuts satisfy officers’ sweet tooths while still being sweet to animals.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that vegan doughnuts are kind to mother cows, who are artificially impregnated and then separated from their newborns on dairy farms, and to chickens who are kept in tiny wire “battery cages” on filthy egg farms.
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PETA’s letter to Deputy Inspector Rafael Mascol of the New York Police Department follows.
New York Police Department
Dear Mr. Mascol,
I’m writing on behalf of PETA and our more than 6.5 million members and supporters worldwide—including many in New York City—in response to reports that New York police officers are boycotting Dunkin’ Donuts after two detectives were denied service. It would be a crime for your officers to miss out on sweet treats during the protest, so to promote a message of respect for all New Yorkers—humans and animals alike—and protect officers’ health, we’re sending the 73rd Precinct a dozen boxes of tasty, cholesterol-free vegan doughnuts.
The delicious animal-free doughnuts that we’re sending to your department are the hole package. The only ingredient that’s dessert-ed these vegan treats is cruelty to animals. On most egg farms these days, chickens are crammed into cages so small that they can’t even stretch a wing and part of their nerve-filled beak is cut off without painkillers. Cows used for dairy foods are often forced to live ankle-deep in their own waste and are subjected to routine mutilations, such as when the sensitive horn tissue is burned out of their heads with no painkillers.
Eating dairy- and egg-free sweet treats will also reduce officers’ risk of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. According to a meta-analysis published in Atherosclerosis, researchers reviewed 14 studies and found that people who consumed the most eggs had a 19 percent increased risk of developing heart disease and a 68 percent increased risk of developing diabetes, compared with those who ate the fewest eggs. For those who already had diabetes, the risk of developing heart disease from eating the most eggs jumped by 83 percent. Consumption of dairy foods is linked to heart disease as well as prostate, breast, and ovarian cancer, and unlike plant-based milk, cow’s milk doesn’t contain any fiber or complex carbohydrates and is full of saturated animal fat and cholesterol.
We hope that after your officers experience how delicious vegan doughnuts can be, they will give cows and chickens arrest by enjoying only treats that are sweet to both humans and animals.
Very truly yours,
Ingrid E. Newkirk