Malmaison, Eurostar, Virgin Trains Among Winners of PETA’s First-Ever Travel Awards
For Immediate Release:
2 December 2019
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MALMAISON, EUROSTAR, VIRGIN TRAINS AMONG WINNERS OF PETA’S FIRST-EVER TRAVEL AWARDS
Group Celebrates the Best Vegan Meals, Animal-Friendly Policies, Leather-Free Suitcases, and More
London – With the busy holiday travel season on the way, PETA has launched the first-ever PETA Travel Awards – a celebration of the travel providers, hotels, attractions, and other industry leaders that are meeting the skyrocketing demand for vegan and animal-friendly travel.
In the food categories, Ryanair‘s vegan lasagne won Best In-Flight Meal, while Virgin Trains, Vegan Travel, and Malmaison nabbed the awards for Best Trainline, Best Cruise, and Best Hotel Chain for Vegan Food, respectively. Saorsa 1875 won Best Luxury Hotel for offering completely vegan décor, bedding, toiletries, and food. A vegan-friendly menu at Warner Bros Studio Tour London – which also no longer uses owls or any other animals for performances following a PETA exposé – helped the Harry Potter tour win Best Attraction, while Happy Cow won Best Travel App for helping globetrotters find vegan meals wherever they go.
Responsible Travel, which does not promote zoos and discourages customers from attending bullfights, swimming with dolphins, or taking elephant rides, nabbed the title of Best Travel Company, while British Airways won the award for Progress for Animals for its recent decision not to promote wild captive animal activities. Booking.com‘s sweeping new animal welfare policy, which prohibits selling tickets to marine mammal parks like SeaWorld, earned it the award for Advancement of the Year, while animal-friendly VR goggles and an extensive vegan menu nabbed Eurostar the award for Best Travel Experience.
Finally, Lefrik‘s leather-free Maverick Foldable Trolley won Best Vegan Luggage, while Thought‘s cashmere-free bamboo scarves won Best Travel Accessory. The cruelty-free Travel Kits from Aesop won Best Amenity Kit, while Odylique‘s reef-safe Natural Sun Screen SPF 30 won Best Vegan Sunscreen.
“The number of vegans in the UK is set to skyrocket by 327% by next year, so any company that’s not meeting the demand for animal-friendly travel is missing out,” says PETA Director Yvonne Taylor. “All the winners of PETA’s first-ever Travel Awards prove that the future of tourism is packed with animal-friendly options – and free of exploitative exhibits.”
PETA – whose motto reads, “Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way,” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview – offers tips for compassionate travel on its website.
For more information about each category and to see a full list of the winners, please visit PETA.org.uk.