Hold On to Your Buns: PETA to Grill Up ‘Human Hot Dog’ at Nathan’s Famous Contest

For Immediate Release:
June 30, 2023

Sara Groves 202-483-7382

Brooklyn, N.Y. – PETA supporters will be serving up some food for thought at this year’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest by displaying a “grilled” human on a hot dog bun. The spicy spectacle will serve as a reminder that cows feel pain and terror just as humans do—and that Nathan’s needs to ketchup with the times and make its gluttonous game vegan.

When:    Tuesday, July 4, 12 noon

Where:    Outside Nathan’s Famous, 1310 Surf Ave. (at the southwest corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues), Brooklyn

“Let’s be frank: Nathan’s hot dogs are bad for humans and even worse for cows, who are branded, castrated, and confined to filthy feedlots before they’re killed,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA invites everyone to support liberty and justice for all this Fourth of July by tossing a delicious vegan dog on the grill instead.”

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 for anyone looking to make the switch.

For more information, please visit PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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