Students Call On Meat-Eaters to ‘Taste the Future’

Posted by on November 21, 2019 | Permalink

Across the UK, PETA campus reps teamed up with groundbreaking vegan food company Beyond Meat to give fellow university students a taste of the future.

During an event aptly titled “Taste the Future”, PETA’s campus reps handed out plant-based Beyond Meat burgers to encourage others to go vegan. Not only does opting for vegan meat spare animals a life of misery and eventual slaughter, it’s better for our planet, too: making the Beyond Burger generates 90% fewer greenhouse-gas emissions than producing a burger made of cows’ flesh while offering the same amount of protein.

Students from the University of Leicester, Nottingham Trent University, Keele University, the University of Bristol, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Lisburn Technical College, and University College Birmingham all took part in the action to celebrate World Vegan Month. People couldn’t get enough of the burgers!

The event comes at a time when universities are in a race to add more vegan options to meet demand. Vegan cafés are opening up and down the country, from Keele University to the University of Bath, and the University of Winchester went vegan for World Vegan Day. The University of Cambridge, the University of East Anglia, and Goldsmiths, University of London, have banned beef, and others will no doubt follow. Universities are looking to companies like Beyond Meat to help them boost their vegan menus in order to spare animals’ lives and combat the climate crisis.

Who Are PETA’s Campus Reps?

PETA’s Campus Rep Programme helps university students speak up for animals and take a stand against speciesism.

This term, 20 students at 20 universities across the UK are taking action for animals through the programme. PETA provides them with materials such as leaflets, stickers, and banners as well as giving them support and training to organise eye-catching, exciting events that get other students interested in animal rights issues.

Why Vegan?

The meat, fishing, egg, and dairy industries are a nightmare for animals, who are treated like commodities rather than sentient individuals who have the ability to feel pain, fear, and joy.

All animals reared for food suffer. Females are repeatedly forcibly impregnated. Babies are torn away from their mothers, mutilated, and kept in filthy and severely crowded conditions. Then, often when they’re only a few months old, they endure a terrifying trip to the abattoir, where many are improperly stunned, meaning their throats are slit while they’re fully conscious.

There are so many delicious and healthy plant-based options available that going vegan is now easier than ever. Order our free vegan starter kit to get more tips from PETA on eating vegan and to show that you’re serious about helping animals. Tell your friends about it, too, and persuade them to follow your example!

What You Can Do

Are you a student? Become a PETA campus rep and speak up for animals:

If you aren’t a student but still want to stand up to speciesism, get involved in PETA’s demonstrations and campaigns and speak up for animals by joining our Action Team today: