‘Pig’ to Protest Wienermobile

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

For Immediate Release:
July 31, 2020

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Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Owensboro, Ind. – A costumed “pig” will lead PETA supporters in a socially distanced protest—complete with a hands-free virtual vegan starter kit via a QR code for passersby—outside the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile on Saturday.

When:    Saturday, August 1, 4 p.m.

Where:    101 W. Third St., Owensboro

The protest comes as the meat industry allows slaughterhouse workers to face the nearly unchecked spread of COVID-19, which originated in a meat market. The protesters will also point out that the World Health Organization has confirmed that eating hot dogs and other processed meats causes cancer.

“Smart, sensitive pigs suffer and die so that sick slaughterhouse workers can stuff their lips and anuses into colorectal cancer–causing hot dogs,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “As the Wienermobile pulls up to Owensboro, PETA encourages everyone to put the brakes on cruelty by choosing a delicious veggie dog.”

The meat industry chops pigs’ tails off, cuts their teeth with pliers, and castrates the males—all without any painkillers—and at slaughterhouses, workers hang pigs upside down and bleed them to death, often while still conscious. After an activist named Regan Russell was killed by a pig-transport truck during a peaceful protest, PETA rescued two pigs in her memory—and is encouraging people everywhere to honor her legacy by sharing delicious veggie dogs made by Beyond Meat, Field Roast, Lightlife, Tofurky, and other vegan companies with their friends and family members.

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

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