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

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The actual El Mateo in all of its...potatoey glory.
Bruce went on to write:

"In a comment in QSR Magazine, you stated that 'El Mateo is about having fun with your food and not taking things too seriously,' but for animals on factory farms, there is nothing fun about being turned into food, and the impact is very serious. Factory farms are a major contributor to climate change, responsible for 14.5 percent of all human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions. Beef and dairy products, the primary components of an El Mateo burrito, account for the vast majority of that pollution."

While I, personally, can neither confirm nor deny the accuracy of Bruce's claims, they seem pretty legit to me. That said, we wondered why this plea was made to Taqueria Arandas and not, oh, I don't know, one of the 5,000 other Tex-Mex restaurants -- not to mention steakhouses and barbecue joints -- here in Houston.

So we gave Bruce a ring.

"Of course, we would want all burritos to be vegan," Bruce explains, "but this one shares my namesake, and for all Matts who are vegan and care about animals who suffer on factory farms, we want a free burrito that all of us can enjoy."

Bruce says that while it may seem like a somewhat frivolous request, "It's a fun way to bring attention to a serious fact that animals suffer horrendous mutilations on factory farms whether they're used for dairy or meat."

Are you feeling guilty about eating beef burritos yet? Cause I am.

Bruce went on to explain that it's now easier than ever to adopt a vegan diet because most stores carry mock meat and soy cheese. He also notes that Mexican food lends itself particularly well to a vegan makeover because rice, beans, corn and other veggies are already vegan. No need to give up those corn chips and salsa!

Other PETA employees got in on the Taqueria takedown, sending out press releases to the likes of us with some uniquely quotable lines:

"A burrito that's stuffed with the flesh of abused animals -- and that has an excellent chance of pushing diners along on the road to the emergency room -- should have smart customers saying, 'No, gracias!'"

When we called Taqueria Arandas to see what the president had to say, we were informed Judy Camarena was out of the office for a while, but we were able to get a comment from Stephanie Olmo, who also works at the corporate headquarters.

"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."

Yes, that's right, PETA, Taqueria Arandas was already working on a vegetarian option. Bruce noted that vegetarian isn't quite good enough, though, because the animals on dairy or poultry farms are still mistreated.

Whether the El Mateo promotes animal cruelty or not, the Heights Taqueria Arandas gave away nearly three dozen french fry and beef burritos to Houston Matts on Sunday. And Matt Bruce was not one of them.

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11 comments
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!

SarahBelham
SarahBelham

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
timblack2 topcommenter

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

Houstess
Houstess

You are easily guilted. 

allison_b216
allison_b216

Sorry I do not feel guilty for eating meat!

vonSchliessen
vonSchliessen

"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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