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L.A. is 8th on PETA's List of Vegetarian & Vegan-Friendly Cities

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Vegan deep-dish pizza from Masa in Echo Park (Photo by therealquarrygirl via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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Just how "friendly" is Los Angeles when it comes to vegetarian and vegan eating?

Of the top ten North American large cities, L.A. comes in at number 8, according to a survey published by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

"Los Angeles residents should be proud that the City of Angels is on the cutting edge of healthy cuisine that is Earth- and animal-friendly," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "Because factory-farmed animals are subjected to intensive confinement and cruel conditions, more and more people are demanding meat- and dairy-free dining options."

Local favorite restaurants include Flore Vegan Cuisine, Real Food Daily, and The Veggie Grill, say PETA. We see those selections and raise them one incoming San Francisco raw/vegan restaurant, a Cupcake Challenge-winning vegan baker, Vegan cooking classes at Spork Foods, a contest-winning vegan panini at Coral Tree Cafe, a vegan bakery in DTLA, regularly-held vegan bakesales, and a vegan ice cream spot in the valley...to name a few.