Broiler chickens on a factory farm.

We’d Love Some Plant-Based Chicken from Popeyes

With more than 2,700 locations, Popeyes is one of the largest and most recognizable fast-food chains in the country. However, its menu is devoid of options that cater to plant-based eaters or those looking to incorporate more meat-free meals into their diet, whether for animals, health, or the climate.

Popeyes Is Ignoring a Growing Customer Base

In a time when an estimated 35% of Americans are actively looking to eat fewer animal products, Popeyes has a responsibility to embrace and cater to evolving dietary habits.

Major restaurant chains in the US, such as Burger King, Red Robin, and Carl’s Jr., have added plant-based items to their menus that are appealing to meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans alike. By not doing the same, Popeyes is failing its customers and risking falling behind its competitors.

Plant-based protein options help spare animals a life of commodification and suffering on factory farms, they have wide environmental benefits when compared to animal products, and they make everyone feel included at the table.

Large restaurant chains like Popeyes can play a key role in shifting supply chains, promoting more sustainable behaviors, and helping create a food system that is better for animals, people, and the environment. It’s time for Popeyes to start playing its part.

Why Plant-Based at Popeyes?

  • Chickens raised for meat are some of the most abused animals on the planet, and more than 8 billion of them suffer unbearable cruelty on factory farms each year in the US.
  • Factory farming is taking a huge toll on our environment. Growing feed for chickens contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, one of the main culprits of climate change, and heavy use of hazardous pesticides.
  • Factory farms harm local communities by encroaching on and destroying lands and ecosystems, polluting the air and waterways, and contributing to the spread of diseases.

By adding a plant-based chicken item to its menu, Popeyes can make it easier for plant-based eaters to dine at its restaurants, help those looking for accessible ways to reduce their meat consumption meet their goals, and expose meat eaters to kinder options that are satisfying and delicious.  

The more restaurants like Popeyes play their part in mainstreaming plant-based foods, the more likely we are to lower the demand for animal products, leading to fewer animals suffering on factory farms, and reducing the toll of factory farming on the environment and people.

Email Popeyes and parent company Restaurant Brands International and tell them you would love to order some plant-based chicken from Popeyes.

Take more action by tweeting Popeyes and calling the chain’s customer service line at 877-767-3937. Ask the chain to add a plant-based chicken option to its menu. Inspired to do more? Complete all the other actions in this activist toolkit.