From advocating for the defunct animal testing at the University of Utah to suing Davis County to disclose the records of more than 100 homeless animals, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is making a difference in Utah. With more than three million supporters, PETA is the largest animal-rights organization in the world.
Locally, PETA hosts protests and demonstrations throughout the year, including protesting circuses and other occasions where it views animals as being abused or taken advantage of, said Ashley Palmer, a PETA spokesperson.
Utahns who want to be involved can sign up for action alerts at peta.org and find information about veganism, vegetarianism and the ethical treatment of animals, she said.
“PETA’s mission is to make life easier for animals. People can make very simple changes in their own lives like going to the movies instead of the circus,” Palmer said.
PETA also offers help in transitioning to a vegan or vegetarian diet and Palmer recommends finding other people with similar values for support.
“I also think one of the most important factors is to focus on your favorite foods that you can eat,” she said. “There’s so many options that you already love. Focus on those and the process will be much simpler.”
For more information about PETA, go to peta.org.
Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants
600 S. 700 East, (in Trolley Square)
Quick cuisine using as much local and organically grown ingredients as possible.
2148 S. Highland Drive
All raw food.
389 W. 1700 South
Raw and all organic food.
473 E. 300 South
Fabby Award-winning vegetarian, organic, locally grown and dairy-free lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
2280 S. West Temple
Vegan food served in a diner atmosphere.
Wild Mushroom Pizza
2711 S. State St.
Unique premium pizzas with vegan cheeses and other options.
Taste of India
9200 S. Redwood Road
Award-winning Indian food with vegetarian and vegan options.
Cakewalk Baking Co.
434 S. 900 East
Vegan Bakery and Storefront offering cakes, cupcakes, pastries, cookies and much more.
City Cakes & Café
900 S. 282 East
Vegan and gluten-free muffins, cookies and cupcakes.
200 E. 300 South
Vegetarian and vegan hot dogs sold from a queer-friendly food cart.
300 S. Main St.
Vegetarian and vegan curries served from carts.
358 S. West Temple
SLC Vegan Drinks meets on the first Friday of every month with vegan cocktails and a potluck dinner.