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Animal Activists Jump Stage, Pour Blood on Nathan’s 100th Anniversary Hot Dog Contest


Activists Draw Attention to Investigation Highlighting Violence Against Animals

July 4, 2016, Brooklyn, NY – Today, activists with the grassroots animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) jumped on stage at the Nathan’s Famous 100th Anniversary Hot Dog Eating Contest as the men’s competition began, throwing fake blood over the hot dogs to represent the violence of animal agriculture. The protest comes on the heels of an investigation released Friday into another hot dog supplier in California, which activists say represents the violence of the entire industry of animal agriculture. Activists are demanding an end to the Nathan’s contest.

“This grotesque event takes a day of celebration and turns it into a festival of violence and gore for animals no different than our dogs and cats,” said DxE activist Rachel Zeigler.

The protest follows the release of an investigative report showcasing the development of superbugs at the Hormel’s Farmer John pig facility due to mass antibiotics use. The activists say an undercover team found thousands of diseased and languishing pigs at the facility, including piglets being eaten alive or trampled to death. One pig, who the team named Miley after the singer and animal rights supporter, was rescued from the facility and rushed to receive emergency medical care.

Noting that similar issues occur in the beef industry, the activists are protesting events across the U.S. on the 4th of July that involve products of violence against animals, including those sold by both Nathan’s and Farmer John. While celebrating freedom and family, the activists say, Americans are supporting captivity, violence, and forced separation from their families for countless animals like Miley.

The activist network recently made headlines on ABC Nightline with an investigation into the dog meat trade in Yulin, China. The activists saw dogs confined and tortured and say that conditions at Farmer John were no better. Americans’ anger at Yulin, activists say, should be turned toward companies like Nathan’s as well.

“Time and time again our activists have gone inside facilities where animals are held before being killed. In every single one - humane, natural, or otherwise - what we see is horrific,” said activist Chris Palmieri.

In the United States alone, over 9 billion land animals are killed annually to be eaten. Animals who are killed for their flesh endure intense psychological and physical trauma, and undercover investigations have found that they are routinely eviscerated while still conscious.

Direct Action Everywhere is a network of animal rights activists working to challenge speciesism throughout society.  We use creative protest to challenge the use of animals for food, clothing, experimentation, and entertainment.  Visit Direct Action Everywhere on facebook and at  Follow us on Twitter @DxEverywhere.