Wide-eyed interns and congressional staffers lined up on Capitol Hill Wednesday, awaiting the chance to sample a veggie dog served by animal activist and TV personality Courtney Stodden.
In celebration of National Hot Dog Day, Stodden served up the soy-based frankfurters while wearing a bikini constructed of “nothing but strategically placed lettuce leaves,” according to a news release from PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
PETA organized and sponsored Wednesday’s “annual congressional veggie dog giveaway” in hopes of sending a message about what goes into making meat-based hot dogs.
“I think that most people would get kind of sick if they would see what the pigs go through,” Stodden told ABC News. “I don’t think it’s asking a lot to have people consider what they’re eating. I think it’s asking a lot of an animal to be abused and to satisfy your own appetite.”
The veggie dogs contained only soy protein and spices, according to Lindsay Wright, PETA’s associate director of campaigns.
“Meat-based hot dogs are not only full of artery clogging cholesterol and saturated animal fats, they’re also full of every imaginable part of a pig from the snout to the spleen,” Wright told ABC News. “The good news is that veggie dogs are good for you. They taste great and there are no disgusting mystery ingredients.”
ABC’s Thomas Giusto contributed to this report.