PETA Push for Vegan Hot Dogs Heads to Kraft Boardroom

For Immediate Release:
May 5, 2021

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Madison, Wis. – Tomorrow, a PETA representative will attend the virtual annual meeting of Kraft Heinz—the parent company of locally based Oscar Mayer—to urge executives to offer exclusively vegan hot dogs instead of carcinogenic tubes of ground-up chicken, cow, and pig flesh. The full statement and question are available here.

“The key to saving animals, protecting human health, and bolstering the company’s bottom line lies in delicious veggie dogs,” says PETA Director of Campaigns Danielle Katz. “Having made recent investments in vegan yogurt, protein bars, and more, Kraft is perfectly poised to make the transition and lead the meat industry into a vegan future.”

In the meat industry, workers chop off pigs’ tails, clip their teeth with pliers, and castrate the males—all without painkillers—and chickens and turkeys are crammed into filthy sheds and bred to grow such unnaturally large upper bodies that their legs often become crippled under the weight. At slaughterhouses, animals are hung upside down and their throats are slit.

PETA purchased stock in Kraft Heinz last year in order to push the company to make the iconic Wienermobile vegan by offering only its own meatless dogs so that the Wienermobile can make all its scheduled stops and draw praise, not protests, from PETA.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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