PETA’s Annual Congressional Veggie Dog Lunch and ‘Okja’-Inspired Plush Pigs Will Help Congress Cut the Pork

PETA to Serve Up 'Super Pig–Free' Franks in 5 Great American Styles —With All the Trimmings and Plush Pigs to Go!

For Immediate Release:
July 18, 2017

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

WashingtonWhat:    Members of Congress and their staffers will be in for a treat on Wednesday, when PETA will hit Capitol Hill with its annual Congressional Veggie Dog Lunch. In the spirit of the hit film Okja, which is inspiring lots of people to love pigs, not eat them, PETA will give a cuddly plush “super pig” (with options for children or dogs) to the first 100 guests, and metro-area favorite Greatest American Hot Dogs will provide five different options for the event’s “super pig–free” hot dogs, from the classic All-American to the veggie-loaded Chicago Style.

When:    Wednesday, July 19, 12 noon sharp

Where:    Outside the Rayburn House Office Building (beside the main entrance), Independence Avenue S.W. (between S. Capitol Street S.E. and First Street S.W.), Washington

“PETA’s Okja-themed Congressional Veggie Dog Lunch is a real power lunch,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Not only are the vegan dogs delicious, they also help keep everyone healthy and keep health-care costs down.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that vegans have a smaller carbon footprint and a reduced risk of suffering from heart attacks, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and strokes than meat-eaters do, and they spare more than 100 animals a year daily suffering and a terrifying death in today’s industrialized meat, egg, and dairy industries.

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