Will Veggie Wieners Be at Tallywackers’ Big Opening? PETA Hopes So

PETA Asks Male Version of 'Hooters' to Offer Healthier Vegan Options—and Help Diners Get a Hard, Fit Body

For Immediate Release:
May 26, 2015

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Shakira Croce 202-483-7382

Dallas – Oak Lawn’s male version of Hooters, Tallywackers, will open for business on May 30—and when it does, PETA hopes it will expand its menu to include healthier vegan versions of its Famous “Flamer” burger, Tallywacker beef frank, and more.

As PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—points out in a letter sent to the restaurant this morning, the demand for vegan menu items is higher than ever, prompting restaurants across the U.S. to offer tofu, soy “chicken,” and other plant-based fare. Vegan meals spare animals immense suffering and also appeal to the body-conscious crowd, as vegan food is free of saturated animal fat and cholesterol.

“Whether you’re after a hard, fit body or simply want to be kind to animals, a vegan wiener can help get you there,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA hopes Tallywackers will appeal to all diners by offering vegan burgers, veggie dogs, and faux chicken instead of chicken breasts—because who will go to Tallywackers for breasts, anyway?”

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PETA’s letter to Tallywackers follows.

May 26, 2015

Rodney Duke, Owner
Tallywackers

Dear Mr. Duke,

Greetings from PETA, which counts more than 128,000 Texans among our members and supporters. Since Tallywackers will be opening soon in Dallas, we wanted to make a suggestion to help you attract everyone who finds a hard, fit body appealing: Offer more vegan options.

Many restaurants now offer vegan menu items in order to keep up with the growing public demand for healthier and more eco- and animal-friendly foods. The National Restaurant Association’s 2015 “What’s Hot” survey shows that 76 percent of chefs say that vegan entrées are either a “hot trend” or a “perennial favorite.” Google Trends indicates that more people are interested in vegan food than ever before, and 50 percent of millennials have bought meat-free foods in the last year. Chipotle’s new tofu Sofritas are a hit, Which Wich is expanding Beyond Meat chicken-free strips to all its locations, Yard House has a whole lineup of dishes made with Gardein’s vegan chicken and beef, and you can find at least one vegan option at every concession stand in the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, too.

Speaking of tight ends, perhaps Tallywackers could offer a vegan version of its Famous Flamer or vegetarian wieners for people who prefer them to beef franks. And it would be wonderful if Tallywackers served faux chicken rather than chicken breasts—no one will be going to Tallywackers for breasts, anyway.

For the body-conscious bunch, eating healthy vegan foods—which are cholesterol-free and generally low in saturated fat—can reduce the risk of suffering from impotence, obesity, and other health problems. Vegans weigh, on average, 20 to 30 percent less than their flesh-eating counterparts.

Won’t you please consider offering more vegan options along with your eye candy? PETA can help with the development and implementation of cost-effective and menu-appropriate options. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Tracy Reiman
Executive Vice President

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