In response to your article “Vegans have it rough in Cowtown,” it was encouraging to see it is getting easier and easier to find vegetarian and vegan options, as the demand for these products increases.
As the author mentions, almost a quarter of college students consider vegan options to be important to them, which is a clear sign of the growing trend toward healthier, more humane cuisine.
To correct one error from the article, though, vitamin B-12 can be found from a wide variety of sources in a vegan diet. In fact, many products, such as soy milk and cereal, are fortified with it. Also, Jonathan Combs will be pleased to discover that Oreos actually are, in fact, vegan (go ahead, check for yourself).
As Stephanie Dickerson notes in the article, though, the more that students become aware of the horrific abuses standard in modern day meat production, it’s understandable why they wouldn’t want to support it anymore.
Chickens, for example, often have their beaks sliced off with a hot blade, and cows and pigs are skinned and dismembered, often while still fully conscious. If these kinds of abuses were inflicted upon cats or dogs, it would result in criminal charges.
Thankfully, with delicious and animal-free dishes, such as vegetarian BBQ “riblets” and vegan pizza widely available, it’s never been a better time to be vegan in Cowtown.
Ryan Huling is a college campaign coordinator for peta2.com.