PETA Names The Veggie Red Lion One Of The 10 Most Vegetarian-Friendly Pubs In The Uk

For Immediate Release:
15 February 2011

Sandra Smiley +44 (0)207 357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]

Great Bricett, Suffolk – One look at most pub menus and it’s clear that the days are long gone when a vegetarian meal in a British pub meant a handful of peanuts or a packet of salt-and-vinegar crisps. High-profile animal rights group PETA is recognising pubs that are doing their best to satisfy patrons’ growing hunger for healthy vegetarian options, and regulars at The Veggie Red Lion in Great Bricett will be pleased to know that the establishment has been named one of the Top 10 Most Vegetarian-Friendly Pubs in the UK. The Veggie Red Lion, whose menu spills over with vegetarian options, will receive a framed certificate and a letter of congratulations.

Winners were chosen based on a number of criteria, including reputation and the selection and quality of vegetarian menu items. The Veggie Red Lion ranked among the best, offering its patrons mouthwatering meat-free options such as curries, stews, and even vegan dim sum.

“We’re raising our glasses to The Veggie Red Lion for offering its patrons wonderful, healthy and humane foods to nosh on while they wet their whistles”, says PETA special projects coordinator Abi Izzard. “Suffolk’s taverns are taking heed: more and more people are recognising that the best way to avoid health problems and help animals and the environment is to go vegan.”

The consumption of meat, eggs and dairy products has been linked to obesity, heart disease, cancer and other health problems. Also, raising animals for food is a leading cause of water pollution, land degradation and greenhouse-gas emissions. And, of course, the meat industry causes animal suffering on a massive scale. Chickens, fish, cows and pigs feel pain and fear – just as we and the animals we share our homes with do – yet they are abused in ways that would be illegal if dogs or cats were the victims. Chickens and turkeys often have their throats cut while they’re still conscious, and piglets have their tails and the tips of their teeth cut off without being given any painkillers.

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