University of York Snags Spot on ‘Most Vegan-Friendly Universities’ List

For Immediate Release:
17 March 2020

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PETA Expands List of Universities Offering the Best On-Campus Vegan Food Options

York – As more students than ever before are going vegan, PETA has expanded its list of the Most Vegan-Friendly Universities in the UK. Move over, meat – now, one-third of UK universities have vegan or vegetarian cafés, there are plant-based hospitality catering options and Vegan Wednesdays, and there’s even a vegan graduation!

The animal rights group has selected 31 universities based on the availability of plant-based food options on campus and their initiatives to promote vegan eating. And the University of York earned a spot on the list for increasing the number of vegan options on its menus to help the planet and opening its first vegetarian café in 2019. Vedge, which is located at Wentworth College, has options such as avocado toast, Vedge bowls, soups, and curries. Vegan food is also on offer elsewhere on campus – at the Hub Café, vegan BBQ jackfruit pizza, sausage butties, Moving Mountains burgers, burritos, and quesadillas are all available.

“Students in the UK are going vegan in huge numbers, and it’s great to see universities joining the revolution,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “PETA commends the University of York for offering healthy and delicious vegan food options that everyone can enjoy.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that in addition to sparing nearly 200 animals a year a violent and terrifying death, every person who goes vegan reduces his or her chances of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, strokes, obesity, cancer, and numerous other ailments. Vegans also have significantly lower carbon footprints than meat-eaters do, as animal agriculture is a major producer of the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change.

Do you want to make your university more vegan-friendly? To learn how to become a PETA campus rep, click here.

For more information on all the universities on the list, please visit