Ahead of the Fourth of July and National Hot Dog Month, Group Picks the Most Delicious Meat-Free Dogs From Sea to Shining Sea
For Immediate Release:
June 25, 2019
David Perle 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – As people gear up to celebrate the Fourth of July and just in time for National Hot Dog Month, PETA has selected the Top 10 All-American Vegan Hot Dogs of 2019, and the winners range from Nosh Pit Detroit’s Coney Carrot Dog to the vegan wieners dished up by the 13-year-old founder of Mason’s Super Dogs in Atlanta.
“Meaty hot dogs are getting their buns kicked by tasty vegan creations that are going down a treat all over the U.S.,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “All the wieners on PETA’s national top 10 list prove that caring about animals, your arteries, and the planet makes for good eating.”
In addition to the dogs at Nosh Pit and Mason’s, the other winners are the Crispy Cowboy at Phyto’s Vegan Eats in Las Vegas; the Banh Mi Dog from Fauxmaha Hot Dogs in Omaha, Nebraska; the Wheat Street Chili Dog at Wheat Street Dogs in Wichita, Kansas; the Hang Ten at Onion Maiden in Pittsburgh; the Yo Soy Dog at Nah Dogs in St. Petersburg, Florida; the Spicy Chipotle Dog at Dat Dog in New Orleans; the Vegan Chicago Dog at Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace in Columbus, Ohio; and the Hillbilly Chili Dawgs at Dixie Dharma in Orlando, Florida. And of course, lots of vegan hot dog brands are widely available at grocery stores across the country.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. The group notes that veggie dogs are lower in fat than traditional hot dogs and contain none of the cholesterol or cancer-causing agents found in their meat-based counterparts—and they spare animals immense suffering. In today’s meat industry, pigs spend their entire lives in cramped, filthy warehouses. Part of piglets’ tails are cut off, and males are castrated without pain relief. At slaughterhouses, the animals are strung up by one leg and their throats are slit, sometimes while they’re still conscious and able to feel pain. Every person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals every year.
Each restaurant with a winning hot dog will receive a framed certificate.