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PETA, Courtney Stodden to hold annual veggie dog giveaway next week

Next week marks the 25th year for PETA's veggie dog giveaway
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A Capitol Hill tradition is back — Courtney Stodden will be on-hand to host People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) annual veggie dog lunch in Washington.

The singer and former reality TV star, who identifies as nonbinary, will help dole out meat-free dogs next Wednesday at noon outside the Longworth House Office Building, ITK has exclusively learned.

The plant-based giveaway is open to lawmakers, congressional staffers and the public. Among the smorgasbord featured this year: Nathan’s Famous vegan hot dogs, Hormel’s vegan chili, Hellman’s vegan mayo and Dairy Queen’s non-dairy Dilly Bars.

Organizers will also be giving away hot dog-shaped dog toys bearing the message, “Squeaky toys, not pig squeals.”

Next week marks the 25th year for the vegan-friendly feast, which has been held in years past as a counter event to the meat industry’s annual congressional hot dog lunch.

It’s also the second time that Stodden is headlining the gathering for the animal rights organization — they sported a lettuce bikini at the same event in 2014.

But the lettuce look appears to be a thing of the past. A rep told ITK, “After years of welcoming people of all genders to join us in their ‘lettuce best,’ PETA is shifting the focus to the meat, egg, and dairy companies that have seen the light and introduced vegan options after decades of selling the same old stuff.”

“At PETA’s first Congressional Veggie Dog Lunch, people thought a vegan was someone from Las Vegas — but today, every U.S. brand worth its salt has a tasty vegan option,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement announcing the event. “We’re joining lawmakers and their staff to celebrate how far the U.S. has come, with PETA’s biggest animal-friendly, heart-healthy, veggie dog cookout ever.”

Tags Courtney Stodden Meat substitutes People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA Veganism Vegetarian hot dog Veggie Dogs

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