Hot Diggity (Veggie) Dog! Local Grill Wins PETA National Award for ‘Hot & Spicy Sausage’

For immediate publication:
June 23, 2021

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Dearborn, me. – Just in time for July 4th, PETA combed the country for the top 10 vegan dogs – and a local restaurant Unburger Grill won a spot on the list for its Hot & Spicy Sausage, a flavorful vegetarian combination with grilled jalapeños and served with pico de gallo, sriracha and creamy, dairy-free ranch.

“Unburgers Hot & Spicy Sausage brings the heat without the meat – and it’s just as tasty as it is animal-friendly,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “All of PETA’s award winners make it easy for us to declare our independence from meat on July 4th.”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), processed meats, including hot dogs, cause cancer. Every person who goes vegan reduces their risk of developing cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes; dramatically shrinks its carbon footprint 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 pork 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 Buffalo Crunchy Dog at Sealevel City Vegan Diner in Wilmington, North Carolina. Each 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 our food” – opposes speciesism, a human-dominant worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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