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IKEA To Roll Out Vegan Meatballs, So No One Has To Shop Hungry

Now animal-lovers won't have to shop hungry?
Meat balls are served in a restaurant of Ikea in Amsterdam on March 23, 2013. Swedish furniture giant Ikea said last week it had started gradually reintroducing meatballs in its restaurants worldwide after horsemeat was found in the product last month.  AFP PHOTO / ANP / MARCEL ANTONISSE netherlands out        (Photo credit should read MARCEL ANTONISSE/AFP/Getty Images)
Meat balls are served in a restaurant of Ikea in Amsterdam on March 23, 2013. Swedish furniture giant Ikea said last week it had started gradually reintroducing meatballs in its restaurants worldwide after horsemeat was found in the product last month. AFP PHOTO / ANP / MARCEL ANTONISSE netherlands out (Photo credit should read MARCEL ANTONISSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Now you can feel good (better?) about eating meatballs at a furniture store. IKEA will soon offer vegan meatballs at its food court.

The Swedish furniture giant first announced plans to serve vegetarian meatballs in 2014, but vegans fought to rid the recipe of animal products entirely. The animal rights organization PETA led the change. Today the group celebrated on its blog:

Behind the scenes, PETA worked to convince the international company to go all the way and make the “veggie balls” vegan. We reminded IKEA that people are making the switch to vegan eating in droves -- and offering vegan foods would ensure that all customers leave the store satisfied. We asked our members to support the effort, and more than 25,000 did just that! And it has all paid off!

The new meat-less meatballs will be available in IKEA stores in April, and will be available for sale for take home at a later date. Waiting on line to check out will still take an ungodly amount of time, but at least you won't have to wait on an empty stomach.

H/t Peta

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