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    PETA youth group names Penn to ‘Vegan-Friendly Colleges’ list

    UPenn has a long way to go before cracking the top of the Most Vegan-Friendly Colleges list, but an honorable mention is still worth noting.

    Peta2, PETA’s youth organization, ranked vegan-friendly universities in two size categories — small and large — with a couple honorable mentions in each.

    University of California – Santa Cruz is the “large” schools winner, and Penn took one of two honorable mentions in that category:

    “Penn has really taken off over the past several years, gaining a reputation as a petri dish to test cutting-edge vegan foods that will eventually find their way to off-campus diners. Vegan Daiya cheese pizzas (or pepper jack “cheesies”), cranberry scones, Indian dishes, and carob-chip banana squares are just some of the hundreds of vegan foods available that would make Benjamin Franklin—a vegetarian—proud of his school.”

    In the small schools category, Northwestern University, which also made the cut in 2010 and 2007, took the top spot.

    According to peta2, “The number of vegetarian students has risen by 50 percent since 2005, and the number of vegan students has more than doubled in the same time period.”

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