PETA Picks the Top Five Vegan Hot Dogs in America—Just in Time for Fourth of July

Carcinogens, Cholesterol, and Pig Snouts Make Meat Franks Hard to Swallow

For Immediate Release:
June 26, 2014

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – PETA has long known that meat hot dogs come with a slew of unsavory ingredients, including dangerous carcinogens, heart-stopping cholesterol and saturated animal fats, glass shards, rodent parts, and a lot of cruelty. That’s why the group set out to find the Top Five Vegan Hot Dogs in America in the run-up to the Fourth of July, and the results are as follows:

  1. The Holiday Dog from The Vegan Hot Dog Cart (Orlando, Fla.): These babies are steeped in a homemade broth and then loaded with fried onions, cranberry sauce, Carolina mustard barbecue sauce, and parsley. Victorious!
  2. The Rockaway Beach from Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace (Columbus, Ohio): If the Rockaway’s sweet-and-hot cabbage and carrot-mustard slaw don’t blow you away, you can always try the Seoul Dog with kimchi, vegan mayo, and Sriracha drizzle.
  3. The Patt Morrison Baja Vegan Dog from Pink’s (Los Angeles): Guacamole, tomatoes, and chopped onions are served on a dog grilled to perfection at this Los Angeles institution. Read rave reviews here.
  4. The Vegan House Special from Dreamy Weenies (New Orleans): The House Special dog can be topped with a variety of items, including vegan chili, shredded Daiya dairy-free cheese, and Creole mix. See the reviews.
  5. The Soy Veggie Dog from Mustard’s Last Stand (Denver and Boulder, Colo.):  The ambience might be traditional, but this superb dog—with mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, pickles, hot peppers, and sauerkraut—is anything but.

Honorable mentions go to the veggie dogs available at Dogtown in Rochester, N.Y., and DC-3 in Washington, D.C.

“The Fourth of July marks the birth of our nation, so when it comes to celebrating it with a couple of hot dogs, go vegan and give your whole body a reason to cheer,” says PETA Special Projects Manager Alicia Woempner. “After all, if you take the carcinogens, body parts, and fear out of a meat hot dog, you’re pretty much left with an empty bun.”

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