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Staples Center Says They Won't Be ALL Veggie For Morrissey Show

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Although rock star Morrissey was under the impression the Staples Center was going to enact a full-on ban of "flesh for food" (aka meat) for his upcoming show it turns out the arena is going to add on several vegetarian options, but still serve up the meat for music-loving carnivores.

A longtime vegetarian and animal rights activist, Morrissey will get to enjoy 100% meat-free catering fare backstage during his March 1 show, but for those concert-goers who must eat meat, you will not be forced to eat seitan or tofu instead of your usual pork or beef.

Staples Center issued a press release today indicating they would "be adding a variety of vegetarian food items to those already offered at concession stands throughout the arena," for the Morrissey show. Staples will also be n touch with L.A. Live's eateries to see if they can increase their veggie options that evening.

"As we have done in the past, we are happy to create a menu with a greater variety of vegetarian items for our guests who prefer these types of options," said [Lee] Zeidman, [Staples Center's Sr. Vice President and General Manager]. "We respect Morrissey's lifestyle and his concern for the wishes of so many of his fans and are happy that we are able to honor his requests in this manner."
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What does that mean for the meatless menu? You'll see stuff like: Vegan Sloppy Joes, Grilled Veggie Sandwich, Cheese Pizza, Vegan Sushi, Cheese Nachos, Veggie Burgers, Veggie Wraps, Pasta, salads and a hummus-and-pita plate served along with regular menu items.

Incidentally, many of those items are what made People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) name Staples Center the most veg-friendly arena in the NBA. Staples said they're also arranging to have PETA reps set up at the venue to talk to attendees about animal-free lifestyles.