A Coast Guard training center’s revamped menu catering to vegans has earned kudos from an animal rights group that has more often been critical of the U.S. military.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, was so impressed by the meat-free meals served at the Yorktown, Va., facility that the organization made it a Proggy Award recipient.
PETA has protested for years against military use of animals in training and exercises, and particularly in the annual Cobra Gold exercise in Thailand, where cobras were killed and Marines drank their blood during jungle survival training. The Marines discontinued the practice last year.
But when the group learned about the food at the Coast Guard base, it awarded an annual accolade that recognizes “animal-friendly achievements” in commerce and culture.