20 January 2011

Peta2 announces 'Libby Award' results, Denny's and Starbucks amongst winners

Debunking the myth that veganism can be a difficult lifestyle choice to stick to, two very well-known restaurant chains and some veg-friendly brands recently received a nod from the world's largest youth animal rights organization, peta2, for their outstanding vegan fare.  That recognition came in the form of a Libby Award (that's "Libby" for "liberation"), a competition sponsored by the organization that recognizes and honors animal-friendly people and products.  Visitors to peta2.com voted for their personal favorites in many categories, and the following winners came out on top:

Best Veggie Burger:  Denny's
Made by Amy's Kitchen, the Denny's veggie burger proves the popular chain isn't just all about omelets and pancakes.

Best Dairy Alternative:  Starbucks Strawberries and Crème Vegan Frappuccino
Strawberries and Crème may have gotten the nod, but all Starbucks frappuccinos can be made vegan.

Best Fake Meat:  Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders
From flavor to texture, this mock meat is the one to beat according to peta2 visitors.

Best Vegan Snack:  Tofurky Pepperoni Pizza
Ever friendly to the discerning vegan, Turtle Island foods has expanded its repertoire past the Thanksgiving table, and has shown that the Tofurky roast wasn't the best trick up their sleeve.

Best Vegan Chocolate:  Amy's Chocolate Cakes
Satisfying chocolate cravings everywhere, Amy's proves that dairy isn't the key to a quality confection.

The veg-friendly products distributed by these highly accessible brands make it easy to ditch animal products altogether.

"If you care about animals, the planet, or your health, the last things that you want to eat are meat, eggs, and dairy products," says peta2 Director Dan Shannon. "The demand for vegan options in the food industry is skyrocketing, and these five winners are answering the call in the most delicious ways imaginable."

Stephanie DeBalko | @_stephanied_
Stephanie is a freelance writer who loves shelter dogs and Vegenaise. She recently came to the conclusion that the written word could be an amazing ally for all animals, and is choosing to use her nerdy love of grammar and punctuation for the greater good of animal welfare. She can also be found at Homespun by Stephanie.

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