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PETA Pushes for More Colleges to Go Vegan



By Catherine Groux
Posted September 21, 2012 11:00 AM

PETA is encouraging more colleges to go vegan by launching a new contest for students.
PETA is encouraging more colleges to go vegan by launching a new contest for students.
In recent years, select colleges across the country have caused quite the culinary stir by going vegan, meaning none of the food they serve contains meat, eggs or dairy. Last August, for example, the University of North Texas opened the country's first strictly vegan cafeteria, Inside Higher Ed reports. In January, the University of California San Diego made similar strides when it opened Roots, the school's first exclusively vegetarian/vegan eatery and lounge.

As more colleges strive to give bachelor's degree seekers more diverse - and often healthier - options, peta2, a division of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) focusing specifically on younger people, is working to advance the trend. The animal rights group recently announced that it is offering a $1,000 prize for the first student group to convince their college dining hall to go vegan, peta2's website states.

Participants must be part of a registered student organization at a U.S. school and gather at least 100 petition signatures from students and faculty in support of their cause. The organization is hoping to announce a winner - if any - by August 16, 2013.

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