March 23, 2009
More Vegetarian Options on USF's Menu
University of San Francisco dining centers are offering students something new. After working with The Humane Society of the United States student volunteers, the university is featuring a popular vegetarian meat alternative in selected entrees.
Holly Winslow is resident district manager for Bon Appétit Management Company, USF's food-service company. She states, "USF has a strong commitment to fostering social responsibility in our students — many of whom are increasingly requesting meatless meals. We're proud to feature delicious vegetarian menu options, including vegetarian meats."
Josh Balk, outreach director for The HSUS' factory farming campaign, adds, "The Humane Society of the United States commends Bon Appétit at USF for offering its students vegetarian meals. Choosing meatless foods is a great way to help prevent animal cruelty and protect the environment."
USF has also switched its shell (whole) eggs to cage-free instead of eggs from hens confined in cages so tiny they can barely move. USF is in good company; more than 350 other schools, including all schools served by Bon Appétit, are moving away from using eggs from caged hens out of concern for animal welfare.
- Meat-free foods are an important antidote to factory farms, which raise and kill more than nine billion farm animals in the U.S. each year. These massive operations pollute our environment, and raising animals for food contributes to global warming at least as much as automobiles, according to the United Nations.
- In a landslide November vote, Californians approved Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act — a law making it a criminal offense (with a phase-out period) to confine hens in battery cages, pigs in gestation crates and calves in veal crates.
- U.S. factory farms confine nearly 280 million hens in barren so small, they can't even spread their wings. Each bird has less space than a sheet of paper on which to spend her whole life.
- While cage-free doesn't mean cruelty-free, cage-free hens have 250-300 percent more space and can perform more of their natural behaviors. They may not be able to go outside and may have parts of their beaks cut off, but they can walk, spread their wings and lay eggs in nests.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — on the web at humanesociety.org.