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Disruption of Hotdog Eating Contest Garners Widespread Coverage in Mainstream Media

July 7, 2017 by Leave a Comment

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Animal rights activists with Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) waited in line for five hours to get a prime spot at the annual hotdog eating contest at Nathan’s in Brooklyn, and their patience – and willingness to be manhandled – paid off.

After the activists disrupted the event and got arrested (see video below), several TV and print media outlets in NYC ran stories, and dozens of newspapers around the country published an Associated Press story. Notably, the New York Post, a paper frequently hostile to animal rights activism, reported on why the activists protested:

Several international newspapers also covered the disruption.  In Argentina, Flores Buenos Aires included the DxE statement from the NY Post article.

Animal rights activists have protested the infamous hotdog eating competition for the past several years, and have, each year, garnered at least some favorable media coverage. In 2016, the NY Daily News, another newspaper notoriously hostile to animal rights activists, published a story that included strong animal rights messages.

Ironically, the annual hotdog eating contest is held on Independence Day, in spite of the fact that the individuals who were consumed by the contestants spent their entire lives being held captive before being slaughtered.

Cattle are held captive in sheds and feedlots before being slaughtered

Matt Cataldo, one of five activists who was arrested and later released with no charges, told TheirTurn, “These people who stuff dead animals down their throats, vomit into their own hands and then shove it back in are regarded as athletes, but they are lazy cowards — exploiting innocent animals for money and fame. There is no excuse for animal abuse, and we will never stop fighting for their freedom.”

Police falsely arrest Matt Cataldo (left). Rocky Schwartz (right) and three other animal rights activists for legally protesting at Nathan’s hot dog eating contest on July 4th.

When she was released from jail, Rocky Schwartz, who was handled aggressively by police, encouraged her followers on social media to take a stand for animals. “Are you supporting the system that says my friends and I should be handcuffed for speaking out against violence–the system that glorifies the exploitation and killing of animals–or are you fighting against it? Because that is the choice each of us has to make.”

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Activists Worldwide Participate in National Animal Rights Day

June 9, 2017 by Leave a Comment

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On June 4th, animal rights activists in 22 cities around the world took to the streets to participate in the 7th annual National Animal Rights Day (NARD).

Animal rights activists in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia participated in 2017 National Animal Rights Day

According to the organizer, the non-profit organization Our Planet. Theirs Too., NARD “gives a voice to all animals” and will continue to do so “until all animals are free from enslavement and their rights are established and protected by law.”

TheirTurn documented the ceremony in New York City, which attracted hundreds of participants and onlookers.

NARD events consist of a memorial ceremony for the billions of animals killed each year by humans; the reading and signing of a Declaration of Animal Rights; and a rally with speakers covering topics from animal rights advocacy to making the switch to a cruelty-free lifestyle.

Participants in NARD’s NYC used deceased animals during the memorial service

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NYU Goes Vegan (VIDEO)

April 27, 2017 by Leave a Comment

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The Animal Welfare Collective at NYU and NYU Dining Services partnered to “veganize” a student dining hall for three days, serving plant-based, environmentally sustainable food in observance with Earth Day.

Anami Nguyen and Aneri Mehta, members of the Animal Welfare Collective, told TheirTurn that feedback they’ve received from non-veg students has been overwhelmingly positive. Even those who were disappointed to discover that the dining was serving exclusively plant-based foods returned to the buffet to refill their plates.

A student dining hall at NYU was “veganized”

While they wish that NYU’s vegan pop up was permanent, Ms. Nguyen and Ms. Mehta readily acknowledge that the event was ground-breaking and a sign that plant-based diets are becoming more and more mainstream.

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James Beard Foundation Hosts First-Ever Vegan Dinner (VIDEO)

April 10, 2017 by Leave a Comment

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In March, The James Beard House, an historic culinary center that was once the home of James Beard, hosted its first-ever dinner catered by vegan chefs. James Beard, a legendary cookbook author, teacher and chef mentor, elevated American cuisine starting in the 1940s. In the culinary world, no recognition is more prestigious than the award that bears his name.

Veganizer, a NY-based company that “veganizes” restaurants in an effort to expand the reach of plant-based foods, produced the James Beard dinner, bringing in four renowned vegan chefs – Adam Sobel, Chloe Coscarelli, Daphne Cheng and Jay Astafa. According to Veganizer’s founder Kiki Adami, the unprecedented event sold out in 48 hours and had a waitlist of over 70 people.

Veganizer’s Kiki Adami takes a selfie with vegan chefs Adam Sobel, Jay Astafa, Chloe Coscarelli and Daphne Cheng

Susan Ungaro, the President of The James Beard Foundation, told TheirTurn, “At the Beard House dinners, we want to reflect what’s hot and happening all over the United States, and tonight’s dinner is emblematic of the movement and change that happening in the way American’s eat.”


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See How Onlookers React To Veggie Pride Parade in NYC

April 4, 2017 by Leave a Comment

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On April 2nd, hundreds of New Yorkers gathered in the Meatpacking District, of all places, for the start of the 10th Annual Veggie Pride Parade. “We made it ten years; I don’t know how!” joked Pamela Rice, who produces the parade and post-parade exposition in Union Square.

Pamela Rice, organizer of Veggie Pride Parade

While some onlookers laughed condescendingly at the participants, the vast majority laughed with them, remarking on the creative fruit and vegetable costumes and good energy that filled the streets of Greenwich Village. TheirTurn spoke to many people along the parade route to get their reaction:

Several people told us that they would read the pamphlets and consider making changes to their diets, but we suspect that’s not the case for the man caught on camera saying, “Bro. I guarantee this was commissioned by Monsanto.”

A giant pea pod asks onlookers to “Give Peas a Chance.”

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