Ben’s Chili Bowl to Receive PETA Award for New Airport Site

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Ronald Reagan Airport Eatery Now Serving Vegan Burgers, Vegan Chili

July 29, 2014

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Washington, DC – Famous Ben’s Chili Bowl has just opened its first airport restaurant, at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport—and its tasty vegan options, including a veggie burger topped with meat-free chili, have earned it a Best of Reagan Award from PETA. The group, whose motto says, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat,” will present the new eatery with a framed certificate on Tuesday afternoon.

When:    Tuesday, July 29, 1 p.m.

Where:   Ben’s Chili Bowl, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, B-C terminal, concourse level (before security)

“With a new location in Reagan National, kudos from President Barack Obama, and delicious vegan options that Bill Clinton would love, Ben’s Chili Bowl might just be the most presidential take-out joint in the district,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “PETA’s Best of Reagan Award on Ben’s wall will let animal-friendly and health-conscious travelers know that they can find a hearty, tasty, cruelty-free meal whatever their party affiliation.”

Vegans are less prone to developing heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer than meat-eaters are, and since the meat industry is a major source of carbon emissions that contribute to climate change, their carbon footprint is smaller, too. And of course, each person who goes vegan spares more than 100 animals a year immense suffering on factory farms, in slaughterhouses, and on the decks of fishing boats.

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