For Immediate Release:
June 28, 2023
Sara Groves 202-483-7382
Albany, N.Y. – Ahead of Independence Day, model and media personality Courtney Stodden—decked out in a curve-hugging crop top and a star-spangled top hat—appears in a PETA messaging blitz on local buses and bus shelters in and around the state’s capital, urging everyone to go vegan and celebrate with delicious veggie dogs.
Stodden is a longtime PETA supporter who previously hosted the group’s Congressional Veggie Dog Lunch. “I’ve grown so much as a person, but one thing I know will never change is my love for animals,” Stodden says. “I’m so excited to be back helping PETA encourage everyone to choose kindness with every meal. With all the great vegan options we have today, it’s never been easier!”
“Instead of carcinogenic tubes of ground-up animal flesh, the Fourth of July should be celebrated with delicious veggie dogs, because we are all feeling individuals who value our lives,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA urges everyone to go vegan by declaring independence from the cruel meat, egg, and dairy industries.”
In the meat industry, workers chop off pigs’ tails, clip their teeth with pliers, and castrate the males—often without painkillers—and cows are branded, castrated, and confined to filthy feedlots. At slaughterhouses, animals are hung upside down and their throats are slit. In addition to saving nearly 200 animals every year, each person who goes vegan reduces their own risk of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer and shrinks their carbon footprint.
Stodden is part of a long list of celebrities—including Pamela Anderson, Natalie Portman, Joaquin Phoenix, Bellamy Young, and Joan Jett—who have teamed up with PETA to promote kindness to animals.
PETA’s ad will appear on buses in Albany and at bus shelters in Colonie, near the intersections of Wolf and Sand Creek roads and Central Avenue and New Karner Road, until July 9.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview, and offers a free vegan starter kit on its website. For more information, please visit PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.