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Why Veg?

Prevent Needless Suffering

Farm animals are no less intelligent or capable of feeling pain than are the dogs and cats we cherish. Yet 10 billion animals are slaughtered each year in the US after spending their lives languishing on factory farms with almost no legal protection from horrible cruelty. Generation after generation, animals born on factory farms suffer intense confinement, brutal mutilation, and a gruesome and violent slaughter.  Read more

Improve Your Health

healthPlant-based foods provide us with all the nutrients we need, minus the saturated fat, cholesterol and contaminants found in meat, eggs, and dairy products. Vegan diets protect us against heart disease, diabetes, obesity, stroke, and several types of cancer. The American Dietetic Association states that vegetarian and vegan diets are healthful and nutritionally adequate for all ages, and can help prevent and treat certain diseases.  Read more

Protect The Environment

earthThe UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change says we should eat less meat to combat global warming. Factory farms are poisoning and depleting our potable water, arable land, and clean air. More than half the water used in the US goes to animal agriculture, and since farmed animals produce 130 times more excrement than the human population does, the run-off from their waste greatly pollutes our waterways. The single most important thing you can do to reduce climate change, conserve water and protect the environment is to go veg!  Read more

Veg News

VegSanDiego Welcomes Gentle Grill

December 16, 2018 -- Visit the newly opened Gentle Grill in Temecula for plant-based comfort foods including burgers, sandwiches, gyros, nachos, burritos, tacos, salads and bowls. 

VegSanDiego Welcomes Soro's Mediterranean Grill

July 14, 2018 -- On the vegan menu at Soro's Mediterranean Grill in Temecula, you'll find Mediterranean favorites like hommus, baba ganoush, and falafel, in addition to more unusual items like tzatzike (made with almond yogurt) and cauliflower wings. Soup, salad, pasta and pizza too!

VegSanDiego Welcomes D'Lish Bistro

July 14, 2018 -- Ask for the vegan menu where you'll find appetizers, salads, pasta dishes, several pizzas, burgers, and sandwiches, at D'Lish Bistro in Chula Vista.

VegSanDiego Welcomes World Beat Café

July 14, 2018 -- Located on the east side of Balboa Park, World Beat Café offers an eclectic and international all-vegan menu of four daily entrees plus soups, salads, sandwiches, burritos, juices, smoothies, and deserts.

VegSanDiego Welcomes Great Wow

July 13, 2018 -- Great Wow in Hillcrest offers Chinese cuisine with some rare vegetarian and vegan options. Some of those may not be clear from the menu, so ask your server.

VegSanDiego Welcomes O.B. Garden Café

July 13, 2018 -- Enjoy juices, smoothies, soups, salads, sandwiches, and other entrees at the O.B. Garden Café in Ocean Beach. Many items are vegan. Also a breakfast menu featuring pancakes and avocado toast as vegan options.

Thanks to our Elected Officials for Taking the 2017 Veg Pledge!

Animal Protection and Rescue League salutes the following elected officials for taking the 2017 Veg Pledge:

  • CA Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez
  • CA Assemblymember Todd Gloria
  • CA State Senator Toni Atkins
  • San Diego Councilmember Georgette Gomez
  • San Diego Councilmember Chris Ward
  • San Diego Councilmember David Alvarez
  • San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott
  • San Diego School Board Member Kevin Beiser
  • San Diego School Board Member John Lee Evans

In doing so they have demonstrated a commitment to minimize animal suffering and protect the environment, all while improving their own health.

Please join them and thousands of others in the Pledge. 

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Special thanks to Congressman Scott Peters (CA 52nd District) for issuing a proclamation recognizing and honoring all those participating in U.S. VegWeek "for the significant contribution that their participation will have on reducing cruelty and increasing sustainability among our community's food sources. Thank you for this meaningful impact."

We're also grateful to Compassion Over Killing for launching the first VegWeek in 2009 and continuing to operate U.S. VegWeek. With your support they can continue to make a difference. is a project of the Animal Protection and Rescue League (APRL).