Mercy for Animals

Today is World Vegan Day. What are you going to do about it? Ignore the message [see graphic above]? Scoff and eat a fast-food burger with your middle finger aloft? Or maybe read this Twitter thread, scope out a few of the articles linked therein (e.g., here and here), and perhaps reassess your dietary decisions?

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With dire climate predictions reinforcing a sense of urgency about what people can do to halt the planet's demise, now would be a good time to go vegan, if you haven't already. I've yammered on about the benefits of cutting out meat and dairy from one's diet here, here, and here. You know—and likely hate—the drill. Many of you will resist till the end. I get it. Some people just can't enjoy a meal unless they know that some suffering and death led to that food arriving on their plates. Some people believe their taste buds take precedence over doing what's best for the environment... and then will gloat about it on social media.

But let's say you actually want to start leading a vegan lifestyle: Where can those who live in the Seattle area eat quality vegan foodstuffs? This shouldn't be that hard to do. According to WalletHub, we are currently ranked fourth in the country for vegetarian/vegan-friendliness. WH arrived at this decision by tallying the number of restaurants serving meatless options and salad shops per capita, as well as tabulating the cost of groceries for vegetarians and vegans.

Also, Seattle Eater graciously has compiled a list of the city's best vegan restaurants. And on the financial tip, WalletHub also notes that forgoing meat can save the average person at least $750 per year. That kind of money could buy a lot of running shoes.