Dixie Dharma’s ‘Hillbilly Chili Dawgs’ Win PETA Top 10 Spot

Ahead of the Fourth of July, Group Pays Tribute to the Most Delicious Meat-Free Hot Dogs From Sea to Shining Sea

For Immediate Release:
June 25, 2019

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Orlando, Fla. – As people gear up to celebrate the Fourth of July, PETA is releasing its list of the Top 10 Vegan Hot Dogs of 2019 for revelers to enjoy at restaurants across the country over the holiday—and Dixie Dharma‘s Hillbilly Chili Dawgs have nabbed a spot on the list. The award-winning menu item features two vegan Not Dogs smothered with house-made Indian-spiced chili and “cheese” sauce and topped with blackened onions, scallions, and za’atar spices, all tucked inside a pretzel bun.

“Old meaty hot dogs are getting their buns kicked by creative cruelty-free fare such as Dixie Dharma’s zesty chili dogs,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “All the wieners of PETA’s national top 10 list are proving that compassion can be a delicious business.”

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. Parts 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.

Dixie Dharma will receive a framed certificate. Other winners include the Crispy Cowboy at Phyto’s Vegan Eats in Las Vegas; the Banh Mi Dog from Fauxmaha Hot Dogs in Omaha, Nebraska; and the Vegan Chicago Dog at Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace in Columbus, Ohio. And of course, outstanding vegan hot dog brands are also widely available in grocery stores across the country. To view the complete rankings, please visit PETA.org or click here.

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