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Did you sign a petition for a vegan option? Why?

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Organic Authority shares that many are clamouring for In-N-Out Burger to add a vegan option to their menu. 18,000 people, actually.

The Good Food Institute is behind the request they hope the chain will follow through on. In the petition, they say “As a company that prides itself on both customer satisfaction and ethical business practices, adding a meat-free option is a no-brainer. And by making this single addition, In-N-Out would be making a huge statement that it truly cares about its customers’ health and the health of the planet.” Come on!

For starters, it’s negligent to call In-N-Out Burger a company with “ethical business practices.” The petition accomplishes the exact opposite of what they’re after in helping paint the company in a positive light, despite what they currently do to animals. On top of that, requesting “meat-free” options makes it sound as if the dairy they offer is not as bad. Adding a single vegan option does not magically mean they care about customers, their health, or our planet. In fact, it would simply mean they see the possibility in capitalizing on the trend of plant-based foods, as you’ve given them proof people could be a fan base for.

I’ve got no problem with enjoying the vegan options at non-vegan establishments, and in fact I do it often in an effort to illustrate they can succeed by offering them. But I think the efforts of groups like these to make non-vegan establishments offer single vegan options is misguided by the means in which they do it. Making the appeal that they can feel better about being a responsible company means they’re only going to settle for a vegan option and think they’ve done their part. We should be advocating for veganism, and not the restaurant equivalent of Meatless Monday or Reductionism.

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