Sexy ‘Uncle Sams’ to Celebrate the Fourth With Veggie Dog Giveaway

PETA's Patriots Will Pass Out Animal-Free Wieners Near Cruel Hot Dog–Eating Contest

For Immediate Release:
July 3, 2017

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Brooklyn, N.Y.What:    This Fourth of July, three PETA supporters clad in American flag–printed swimwear will hand out free vegan hot dogs opposite the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest to encourage passersby to try delicious cruelty-free wieners instead. The giveaway accompanies PETA’s new Independence Day ad, which has gone up in 20 spots around Coney Island and features reality show starlet Courtney Stodden as a sexy Uncle Sam alongside the words “We Want You … to Switch to Veggie Dogs!”

When:    Tuesday, July 4, 11 a.m.

Where:    The intersection of Surf and Stillwell avenues, Brooklyn

“PETA’s patriots stand ready to help people give liberty and justice to animals this Fourth of July,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Compassionate Americans can make a huge difference for the environment, their health, and animals by simply choosing a veggie dog over hot dogs that are made with pigs’ lips, spleens, intestines, and stomachs.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that in addition to having a smaller carbon footprint, each person who goes vegan spares more than 100 animals a year daily suffering and a terrifying death in today’s industrialized meat, egg, and dairy industries. Vegans also have a reduced risk of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and strokes.

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