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Lovin' Spoonfuls Restaurant

[Arizona Daily Wildcat]

Peggy Raisglid walked through the doors of a Unitarian church 20 years ago a �hardcore carnivore� and an hour later she walked out a �committed vegan.�

She heard a lecture that day on vivisection � the process of cutting up animals for either food or cosmetic purposes, she said.

�It was just so compelling � that day I went out and had my first vegan meal in an Asian restaurant and it was delicious,� said Raisglid, the owner of Lovin� Spoonfuls, 2990 N. Campbell Ave., and UA alumnus of 1997. Being vegan is more of a lifestyle, she added, not just a diet.

�For most people, vegan means no animal products whatsoever,� she said.

Raisglid opened the restaurant in 2005, despite doubtful reactions. She remembers hearing, �People will never support a vegan restaurant in Tucson.�

Lovin� Spoonfuls is the only exclusively vegan restaurant in town, and Raisglid said the restaurant is doing well, with roughly 150 customers daily.
A large number of vegan customers still come in inquiring about vegan products regularly, she said.

Some students on the UA campus have strong vegan beliefs as well, as demonstrated through the Students Organized for Animal Rights club.

Stephanie Jaffa, a Spanish and political science junior, is the president of this animal advocacy club and has been a vegan for seven years.

Jaffa was a vegetarian as a child, and then started encountering information online about animal agricultural industries. This information taught her how unhealthy animal products are, she said.

�I felt obligated to boycott inhumane practicing after that,� Jaffa said. �So the logical conclusion was to go vegan and stop consuming animal products.�

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