Hot Diggity (Veggie) Dog! Local Eatery Wins PETA National Award for ‘Banh Mi Dog’

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June 30, 2021

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Paducah, Ky. – Just in time for July 4th, PETA has the country according to the Top 10 vegan dogs– and local vegan restaurant Branch off won a spot on the list for its Banh Mi Dog, which is caramelized with flavorful sriracha; piled high with pickled daikon, carrots and red cabbage; and garnished with fresh coriander and jalapeno.

“With its spicy Thai note and crispy veggie toppings, the Banh Mi Dog makes it easy for guests to get involved in animal-friendly dishes,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “All of PETA’s awardworms make it easy for us to declare our independence from meat on July 4th.”

Processed meats, including hot dogs, cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Every person who goes vegan reduces their risk of developing cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes; its carbon footprint shrinks dramatically; and helps prevent future epidemics and pandemics. Swine flu, avian flu, and COVID-19 all stem from the imprisonment and killing of animals for food.

As for the animals in the meat industry, workers chop off pigs tails, cut off their teeth with pliers, castrate the males – all without pain relief – and lock cows in narrow, dirty pastures with no protection from the elements. In the slaughterhouse, workers often hang the animals upside down when conscious and bleed them to death.

Other winners on PETA’s list include the Nacho Hot Dog at Vegetable Hunter in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; the Califas Dawg at Cali Dawg in San Jose, California; the Elote dog at Cycle Dogs in Seattle; and the Buldogi at Sly Dogs in Tampa, Florida. Every restaurant receives a framed certificate from PETA, which also has a list of the best vegan warm-up hot dogs available in grocery stores on their website.

PETA – whose motto is in part that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, a human-dominant worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.