PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is an American organization that has been promoting the implementation of animal rights in a variety of different industries since the 1980’s. They are reported to have an estimated 6.5 million members and make around forty-eight million dollars per year.
Since PETA is not very well known for their cookbooks, it might be a little surprising that the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have provided a recipe for pot brownie lovers called Special Colorado ‘Catnip’ Brownies. The recipe can be found on their website. Although PETA is typically known for their fight against animal cruelty, the organization has also found time to create vegan recipes to help supporters maintain their vegan lifestyles. PETA typically tackles issues related to the exploitation of animals by fur industries, cosmetic industries and farming industries to name a few. The catnip recipe can be seen as a way to decrease the use of products from dairy and farming companies, where PETA claims animals are treated inhumanely.
The recipe was originally published in 2014, when Colorado first legalized the sale of marijuana. PETA didn’t waste any time trying to provide a vegan alternative for the edibles market and rightly so since the U.S has seen an increase in veganism since 2014. PETA’s Catnip brownies differ from traditional marijuana brownies by substituting out the milk and eggs used in traditional marijuana brownie recipes for a soy-milk alternative and a combination of other alternative ingredients. There are now a variety of different vegan cannabis edibles available for sale in places like California and Colorado.
Fortunately for us, the Catnip brownies don’t involve any abnormal ingredients in the recipe’s substitutions. Unlike when PETA sent a letter trying to urge the ice cream company, Ben & Jerry’s, to stop using dairy milk in their ice cream recipe and substitute it out for the only milk PETA recommends for human consumption, human breast milk.
PETA is not an organization that shies away from controversy and that might be exactly why the organization decided to post a recipe for vegan marijuana brownies during the early days of legalization in the United States, when marijuana edibles were more of a hot topic issue. Whatever the reason, you can never have too many brownie recipes.