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Tel Aviv Named Top Destination for Vegan Travelers

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Vegans around the world, prepare to buy a ticket to Israel because Tel Aviv is the top destination for vegan travelers.

U.S. food website The Daily Meal named Tel Aviv the top destination for vegan travelers, topping other places known for their vegan friendly restaurants like New York and Berlin. The country has over 400 vegan-friendly restaurants as the population increasingly leans towards a meat-free diet.

“There is a good crowd for it, a very loyal one,” said Domino’s vice president of marketing Ido Fridman of the vegan pizzas it sells exclusively in the country.

The chain has sold over half a million vegan pizzas in the past year in Israel and that crowd is growing.

According to a study prepared for the Globes newspaper and Israel’s Channel Two, five percent of the Israeli population considers itself vegan and eight percent vegetarian. Another 13 percent are considering a switch to either a vegetarian or vegan diet. In 2010 that number was much smaller with only 2.6 percent of the population considering themselves vegan or vegetarian.

The country’s embracing of the cruelty-free diet is also reflected in its policies. The Israeli army serves vegan meals to its soldiers and provides them with wool-free berets and leather-free boots.

Behind this wave of support for vegans is in part the non profit Vegan Friendly that has been working with chefs of restaurants around the country to create vegan menu options and get them to be a certified vegan-friendly establishment.

“It helps that Israel is a small country where things quickly go viral,” said Omri Paz, the head of the organization.

Paz also noted that the Youtube video lecture of American animal rights activist Gary Yourofsky has about 1.5 million views in Israel. Other news channels have done stories on undercover investigations of cruelty in slaughterhouses and Tal Gilboa, the winner of last year’s popular “Big Brother” reality show, has pushed the vegan cause throughout his popular stint on television.

Let’s hope other nations follow their example!

Via Christian Science Monitor

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  • truth seeker

    I wasn’t a fan of Israel but it has just gone up in my estimation!

  • anon

    The Essenes, the world’s first vegan hippies, are from the area, so it’s an appealing tradition. Now about those human rights violations…

  • jodyjo

    Clearly ‘vegan’ doesn’t equate with ‘ethical’! Anyone with a conscience would avoid this aparthied hellhole.

  • RMSmith

    jodyjo – What an ugly, judgmental comment about a country with almost 8 million people who are Jews, Christians, Muslims, Bahai, Buddhist and Hindu. Try a broader outlook on the world. If I had an attitude like yours, no country would be fit for visiting.

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