OK, OK, I know this story has nothing to do with animals. Well, at least not directly. But it's still good news. At 7-Eleven convenience stores in the New York City area, vegan meals will be available for purchase. I've said lots of times - in this Blog and elsewhere - that one of the keys to successfully spreading veganism is to make decent vegan food readily available to the public. And that means - excuse the pun - beefing up vegan selections at fast-food places and convenience stores.
According to famed New York Blog The Gothamist: "Choices will include Pad Thai noodles, vegetable lo mein, Shanghai dumplings, artichoke spinach noodles and Hunan dumplings." Mmm mmm. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.
If the vegan meals are successful, there's a chance they may spread beyond New York City. And having vegan options at places like 7-Eleven, McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, etc. etc., will go far toward nudging veganism into the mainstream and making it seem more acceptable to people who'd otherwise not even give it the time of day.
While I'm not wild about these places, there is no denying that a whole hell of a lot of people at at them, and broadening their horizons to include vegan food (I know Burger King has a veggie burger) would go far toward helping people realize that vegan food can come in all shapes and sizes, and can even take the form of fast food.
For those of you who aren't quite as thrilled as I am about the prospect of a vegan 7-Eleven, I'm including a hopeful video (below) about animals who were saved by loving human beings. Have a look. It's very touching.