USF is Among the Most Vegetarian-Friendly Colleges

TAMPA, Fla. (Updated November 10, 2009) -- USF has been nominated in the 2009 Most Vegetarian-Friendly Colleges contest, sponsored by Peta2. The first round of voting ended on November 2, with USF beating UF in the first round!


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals expanded their animal rights family in 2002 and Peta2 is now the largest youth animal rights group in the world.


Earlier in the year, members of Students Protecting the Environment and Animals With Knowledge (SPEAK)—the campus animal rights organization—petitioned for additional vegan options on campus.


After more than 3,000 students showed their support for the campaign, the group began working with the school's dining services department to introduce meatless choices, including options like vegan black bean soup, vegetarian sausages, "Three-Alarm" Boca burgers and vegan soft-serve ice cream.


“You can thank the many USF students that emailed us over the past year, raving about the improvements being made on campus,” said Ryan Huling, Senior College Campaign Coordinator at


With the demand for sustainable foods on the rise, this year's competition is tougher than ever before, so it will be important for USF to bring in as many votes as possible. We are asking for support from students, faculty and staff on campus to get excited about this prestigious nomination and vote for USF.


USF is now in the top eight! Voting for Round 3 ends Friday, November 13, and Peta2 will be announcing the winners they’ve selected November 23—help them decide, make your voice heard! Vote for USF Now!