Animal Rights Activists Protest National Hot Dog Eating Contest
Breaking news: Last weekend, the USA celebrated the anniversary of its birth in the “traditional” American way: fireworks, parties, and a televised contest to see who can shove the most meat logs down their throats. Every 4th of July since 1972, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs holds its annual eating competition at its Coney Island location in New York. Competitors have ten minutes to scarf down as many hot dogs and buns as they can to take home the prize money and the title. The 2015 winner finished an alarming 62 dogs.
This year, animal rights activists from Collectively Free and Direct Action Everywhere staged a highly visible protest of the contest. During the awards ceremony, two young women doused in fake blood climbed up on the stage and pulled out protest signs, as dozens of people in the crowd whipped out signs of their own and began chanting in unison: “Are you willing to stop the killing? It’s not food – it’s violence.” Their signs read “Animals are not ours,” and “Does taste justify the killing?” The protest, though vehement, was peaceful, yet the NYPD appeared on the scene in a matter of minutes and began forcibly restraining some activists while corraling the rest into a nearby alleyway. A young woman wearing a Nathan’s shirt attempted to grab several signs from protesters’ hands, as did an NYPD officer standing on the stage.
According to the information provided by Collectively Free both on the Youtube video of the protest and their Facebook page, none of the protesters were arrested.