‘Go-Go Vegan!’ PETA to Host D.C. Funk-Themed Congressional Veggie Dog Lunch

Dancing to the Beat Encouraged at Socially Distanced Event to Inspire Congress Members and Staff to Enjoy Pandemic-Proof Fare

For Immediate Release:
August 4, 2020

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382


PETA is combining the official food of summer with the official music of Washington, D.C., at its 24th annual Congressional Veggie Dog Lunch on Wednesday—which will be fabulously fun while following all COVID-19 safety precautions, including prewrapped food, hand-sanitizing stations, cute masks, and social distancing. Guests will be treated to beyond tasty Beyond Sausage hot dogs with all the fixin’s plus free vegan cookbooks, go-go music galore, and more.

When:    Wednesday, August 5, 12 noon

Where:    Outside the Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave. S.W. (between S. Capitol Street S.E. and First Street S.W.), Washington, D.C.

“Everyone loves funk, but no one loves the funky bits found in a standard meat hot dog,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “As this year’s veggie hot dog lunch will be held during the pandemic, PETA’s message is that now’s definitely the time to go-go vegan!”

The novel coronavirus originated in a “wet market”—where live and dead animals are sold for human consumption. Health authorities confirm that influenza viruses and coronaviruses are zoonotic (transmissible from other animals to humans)—and filthy farms and markets crammed full of stressed animals are breeding grounds for such deadly maladies. Previous influenza viruses have originated in pigs, chickens, and even turkeys.

PETA is asking members of Congress and their staff to turn up their snouts at flesh hot dogs—which can contain pigs’ lips, spleens, intestines, stomachs, and anuses. Vegans have a reduced risk of suffering from heart attacks, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and strokes than meat-eaters do—plus they each spare the lives of nearly 200 animals a year and maintain a smaller carbon footprint. What can beat that?

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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