Kansas City, Missouri, otherwise known as the barbecue capital of the world, has ranked in the top ten vegan-friendly cities in the United States.
The list, put together by animal rights organization PETA, includes popular cities such as New York, San Fransisco, Detroit, and Miami, with Los Angeles taking the top spot as the most vegan-friendly city in the whole of the US.
Whilst Los Angeles is famous for its vegan scene, with festivals such as the “vegan Coachella”, Eat Drink Vegan, taking place in the city, Kansas City is a less obvious vegan spot. However, PETA maintains there is plenty on offer in the city for those seeking plant-based options “Kansas City may be the Barbecue Capital of the World,” PETA noted. “But with its bountiful plant-based offerings, it could soon be considered the vegan capital of the world!”
Eden Alley Cafe, Mud Pie Vegan Bakery & Coffee, Pirate’s Bone, and Blue Koi Noodles & Dumplings, are just some of the vegan restaurants and cafes noted by PETA which earned Kansas City it’s top-ten place. Peaceful Pig Vegan BBQ, Beer Kitchen, McCoy’s Public House, KC Kitchen and Pizzeria, and ProteinHouse were also named by the organization as must-trys in the area.
Earlier this week, a crowning ceremony took place for number one vegan-friendly city, Los Angeles, featuring a replica of the Hollywood sign created from vegetables. Vegan musician, Moby, hosted the reception for the ceremony at his Little Pine restaurant, after officiating the event.
“What led me to adopt a vegan lifestyle is simply that I love animals and don’t want to contribute to their suffering in any way,” the musician said in a statement. He added, “most Angelenos know that you can also help the planet by reducing your carbon footprint and lower your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and so many other health issues by eating this way. Vegan eating is really a magic bullet that solves so many of today’s problems in one bite.”
Across the United States, veganism is becoming more popular, with the number of vegans in the country increased by six hundred percent in the last three years. However, it’s not just those who are switching to veganism who are becoming more dietary conscious – in January it was revealed that over half of Americans now choose vegan protein over meat for health reasons.