PETA Takes Issue With French Fry-Stuffed Burrito at Taqueria Arandas

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Is this what you see when you unwrap a burrito? Then you, friend, might be a vegan.
Last week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a letter to Judy Camarena, the president of Arandas Franchises, asking that the popular Tex-Mex chain Taqueria Arandas create a vegan version of its new french fry-stuffed El Mateo burrito, which was given away for free on Sunday at the restaurant's Heights location to anyone named Matt (or Matthew or Mateo, etc.).

Actually, it wasn't so much PETA as it was a single PETA employee, Matt Bruce. As a Matt and as a vegan, he was unhappy that his dietary restrictions prevented him from getting a free burrito that he would be able to eat. It should be noted, however, that Mr. Bruce lives in Los Angeles, so he probably wouldn't have been able to get a free burrito from Taqueria Arandas anyway.

Still, Bruce, a campaigner who travels the country organizing animal rights demonstrations, wrote to Camarena, saying, "Eating the El Mateo will make Matt fat, and all the cholesterol and saturated animal fat in the beef, cheese, and sour cream can also raise his risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even erectile dysfunction!"

Whoa now.

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Taquerias Arandas

920 N. Shepherd, Houston, TX

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Russ McClung
Russ McClung

This is the most asinine thing I've seen all day. WHO bitches about free food? Americans.. Thats who

Joe Kuykendall
Joe Kuykendall

Cali for you..."hug the trees, save the whales braaaa" (while hitting on a fat one)

Robi Simone
Robi Simone

Can't they bother an LA-based chain? Having lived on dairy farms where retired heifers were then sold for beef, not all farms mistreat their animals. And beef is delicious. I'll eat my burrito however I please!


Dear Vegan Matts of the world:

1. What another person eats is none of your business.

2. If a place is giving away free food you don't like, you don't have to eat it. You also don't get to throw your organic juice box on the floor and scream because they won't make you a free thing to your exact specifications.

3. What another person eats is none of your business.

4. PETA has a long history of all sorts of things that are way worse than putting meat in a burrito--racism (that little billboard you put up on the border imploring would-be immigrants to stay in Mexico and keep eating their "beans and rice") and misogyny (your nasty-ass rape-and-abuse-glorifying "my boyfriend went vegan and knocked the bottom out of me" campaign, among other gross sexist stunts).

...and oh right, killing cats and dogs rather than trying to rehome them. 

5. Notice that I have not attacked you for being vegan. That is because what another person eats is none of my business. Much like what another person eats is none of YOUR business. Get over it.

timblack2 topcommenter

How many PETA members does it take to change a light bulb? None. PETA can't change anything.


You are easily guilted. 


Sorry I do not feel guilty for eating meat!


"It's kind of a pity that they would write that," Olmo says, "and it's kind of funny, because we are working on a vegetarian option. We don't know if it's going to be vegan or vegetarian. We just really want it to be a good one. We're trying to study it and make it something that anyone would want."

Good luck with that, Arandas. If you have success make sure to tell all the fast food places, since they've been trying to crack that code for decades.

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