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Food

Vegans And Vegetarians Protest in Hot-Dog-Infested Hollywood

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A bacon-wrapped hot dog at the 2010 L.A. Vendy's (Lindsay William-Ross/LAist)
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Yesterday during lunch hour vegans and vegetarians and animal rights activists met on Hollywood and Highland Boulevards to protest the treatment of animals farmed for food. The protest was organized by Mercy For Animals.

In a strip of Hollywood that's known for its late night danger dogs -- which have become the official food of Los Angeles -- it certainly makes sense that the animal rights would take issue. One of the centerpieces of the protest was a giant blow-up hot dog, whose encased meat was replaced by a blow-up puppy dog. The intention was to portray that all animals are equal, and one doesn't deserve life more than another.

Says the L.A. Times:

They held signs featuring photos of animals in pairs: a kitten with a fluffy yellow chick, a puppy with a piglet. "Why love one but eat the other? Choose Vegetarian," the signs said... Popeye, in dirty white track pants, stumbled by, slurring something about spinach. The self-proclaimed Queen of Darkness — in tiara, eye mask, black gown, black cape and elbow-length black lace gloves — paused just long enough to lecture.

"God made cows, deers, pigs, goats and lambs for food — and lambs are for sacrifice," she told the demonstrators in a tone that brooked no argument. Then she pointed to the blow-up puppy and said, "These guys are for pets."

The contentious, character-driven scene sounds like something out of a Spike and Mike's Twisted Animation short, honestly. In other words, it was just like Hollywood on any other day.