PETA set to 'bombard' Hot Dog Eating Contest spectators, encourage them to go vegan

Two years ago, Joey Chestnut ate 63 hot dogs and buns munch the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest despite being interrupted by a protester he headlocked.  

Chestnut won't attend this year's Thursday event, but activists will. A PETA truck will "bombard the competition's spectators" to urge veganism.  

It is a "life-size, hyperrealistic pig transport truck" displaying photos of caged pigs being butchered, according to the organization. Truck is called "Hell on Wheels."  

"Behind every hot dog is a once-living, sensitive individual who was crammed onto a truck for a terrifying, miserable journey to their death," PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman told Fox News Digital.  

"PETA’s ‘Hell on Wheels’ truck is an appeal to anyone who eats pigs, cows, or other animals to remember that the meat industry is cruel to them and the only kind meal is a vegan one."  

The organization has criticized the "shameful" National Dog Shot and sports teams' usage of living mascots, most recently the Cleveland Browns' Swagger Jr., a bullmastiff who died aged 5.  

Chestnut was disqualified this year for teaming up with Nathan's competitor. Major League Eating lifted the ban if the agreement ended, which never happened.  

Thus, someone other than Joey Chestnut will be champion for the first time since 2015 and the second time since 2007. Matt Stone defeated Chestnut in 2015.  

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