For Immediate Release:
June 26, 2023
Brittney Williams 202-483-7382
New Castle, Pa. – Decked out in a curve-hugging crop top and a star-spangled top hat, model and media personality Courtney Stodden appears in a new PETA messaging blitz on 20 local buses in the “hot dog capital of the world” and “fireworks capital of America” urging commuters to go vegan and celebrate Independence Day 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,” says Stodden. “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 ingesting carcinogenic tubes of ground-up animal flesh, people celebrating the Fourth of July should eat 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 bus ads are running now through 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.