PETA ‘Pig’ to Protest Wienermobile

As COVID-19 Spreads Among Slaughterhouse Workers, Passersby Will Be Urged to Skip the Pig Lips and Anuses and Go Vegan

For Immediate Release:
October 27, 2020

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Naperville, Ill. – A costumed “pig” will lead PETA supporters in a spirited protest against the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile—and give away free animal-friendly comic books and stickers to kids—at a trunk-or-treat event on Wednesday in Naperville. The protest comes as the meat industry allows slaughterhouse employees to work shoulder to shoulder despite the high incidence of COVID-19, which originated in a meat market.

When:    Wednesday, October 28, 4 p.m.

Where:    651 N. Washington St. (near E. Seventh Avenue), Naperville

“Pushing pigs’ flesh down kids’ throats is totally irresponsible, and smart, sensitive pigs shouldn’t suffer and be killed so that their lips and anuses can be crammed into colorectal cancer–causing hot dogs,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA encourages everyone to put the brakes on the Wienermobile, slow the spread of this pandemic, and kick cruelty to the curb by choosing a delicious veggie dog.”

The meat industry is a horror for pigs: Workers chop their tails off, cut their teeth with pliers, and castrate the males—all without painkillers. During transit in the winter, pigs’ sensitive skin sometimes freezes to the sides of the metal trucks, and in the summer, they swelter. At slaughterhouses, pigs are hung upside down and bled to death, often while they’re still conscious. All these atrocities have been well documented by undercover investigations and government reports. PETA encourages everyone to practice kindness to pigs—and avoid the risk of cancer that’s been linked to eating hot dogs—by trying tasty veggie dogs made by Beyond Meat, Field Roast, Lightlife, Tofurky, and other vegan companies.

This summer, organizers in Owensboro, Kentucky, canceled a planned Wienermobile appearance after learning about PETA’s plans to protest.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.

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