BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 30 December '15

Edinburgh is named PETA UK’s ‘most vegan-friendly city’ 2015

Despite – or perhaps because of – Scotland’s association with high rates of obesity and other diet-related diseases, vegan-friendly eating is on the rise.

The benefits of going vegan – by the Vegan Society’s Elena Orde

Food with a conscience

After awarding Glasgow the accolade in 2013, PETA has passed the title of the UK’s Most Vegan-Friendly City to Edinburgh.

To celebrate, PETA presented the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the Right Honourable Donald Wilson, with a replica of Edinburgh Castle made entirely out of vegetables (see below).

‘Edinburgh has many things to be proud of, and our array of fantastic restaurants is certainly one of them. The city’s food scene has been recognised with Michelin stars for being Fair Trade and for having a social conscience – but this is our first prize for being vegan-friendly.

‘I am delighted to accept this award from PETA and am thoroughly impressed with their unique and healthy interpretation of Edinburgh Castle!’

Lord Provost Donald Wilson

Vegan Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s vegan hot spots

Scotland’s capital has more than 20 vegan-friendly restaurants, including popular eateries such as The Auld Hoose and Henderson’s, which offer everything from traditional haggis – served with a cruelty-free twist – to salads, veggie burgers and warming soups.

Other eateries with standout vegan options include Take It Away Spud, a baked ‘tattie’ shop with a tasty vegan Bolognese sauce; La Favorita Delivered, a family-run Italian restaurant ready to deliver a pizza topped with vegan mozzarella and David Bann, which serves up a selection of animal-free meals in a great atmosphere.

‘Eating the flesh, milk and eggs of animals is a tradition that all of us can live without. With so many delicious plant-based options available, it’s never been easier for Scots to cut animal-derived foods out of our diets.’

Yvonne Taylor, PETA

Benefits of veganism

As documented by PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that ‘animals are not ours to eat’ – vegans are less likely to suffer from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer and obesity than meat-eaters are.

Every person who goes vegan spares many animals every year daily suffering and a terrifying death in today’s meat, egg and dairy industries. Vegan meals are ‘greener’, too, as the meat industry is a major producer of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

Click here to find out more about Edinburgh’s vegan hot spots.