A list compiled by the campaigning group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has put two New England schools among the top ten schools in the US for supporting a vegetarian or vegan diet.

At Smith and Bowdoin colleges standard school dinner fare includes dishes such as tempeh cacciatore, vegan shepherd's pie and craisin beet cake.

Danielle Moore, Peta's education manager, explained that the list recognises those schools that have catered for the 20% of students in the US that are vegetarian. Most of the schools in the top 10 offer vegan and vegetarian alternatives at every meal, and rice and soymilk alongside milk, she explained.

At the top of the list was New York University, which serves only vegan foods on the day of the Great American Meatout.