Oct 22, 2012
From staff reports
Ohio University is still in the running to be named the Most Vegan-Friendly College* for 2012 by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA*).
The Bobcats are in the Sweet 16 and voting ends Oct. 23.
The competition, now in its seventh year, is sponsored by PETA2, the youth-oriented branch of the national animal-rights organization. The award calls attention to colleges that offer a wide range of vegan options.
Peta2 will choose the winner based on four factors: the number of votes received, the quality and variety of vegan food options, the campus's enthusiasm in promoting their options, and student feedback.
Students can also vote via Facebook "likes" on the competition's page.
OHIO's Culinary and Dining Operations has worked diligently to bring variety and taste to the University’s vegan populations in recent years.
Vegan ravioli, black-bean stuffed peppers, Tofurky sandwiches and vegan cheesecake are a few samples of the extensive range of cruelty-free food options now available at Ohio University. New icons were also recently developed in the Dining Halls to better label food choices, including vegan items, vegetarian items and gluten-free items.
These changes and increased offerings helped Ohio University clinch fourth place during PETA's 2011 competition in the "Large U.S. Schools" category. OHIO placed behind University of California—Santa Cruz, University of Florida and University of California—Irvine, respectively.
Based on numbers, it has never been more important for institutions of higher education to cater to their resident foodies. According to peta2, the number of vegetarian students has risen by 50 percent since 2005, and the number of vegan students has more than doubled in the same time period.
For more information on the Most Vegan-Friendly College competition or to vote in the competition, click here*.