PETA Wants Cuban To Go All Vegan If He Buys 'The O'

The animal rights group calls a veggie dog business a 'foolproof business proposal'

Andrew Limberg
May 28, 2020 - 11:11 am
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Related: Pittsburgh Native Mark Cuban Says He Wants To Save The 'O' Hot Dog Shop

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Mt. Lebanon native Mark Cuban recently announced he is trying to buy the Original Hot Dog Shop in Oakland, which closed last month.

If Cuban is successful, PETA is hoping the Dallas Mavericks owner will make it a “veggie dog” only business.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a statement calling a vegan hot dog store a “foolproof business proposal.”

“Dump the carcinogenic meaty hot dogs and turn ‘The O’ into a vegan hot dog chain.”

"Delicious veggie dogs could be the ticket to success for Mark Cuban's latest venture," says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. "PETA is urging Cuban to jump on this opportunity to revive a Pittsburgh institution in a way that protects animals, the environment, and the health of the city's residents."

“We’re not done trying to buy the Dirty ‘O’,” Cuban said on the Pat McAfee show last week. “It’s not over yet for all those Pittsburghers out there.”

Cuban added those who are selling are “over negotiating” and currently making it hard for him to buy it.

A letter sent to Cuban from PETA says:

We saw your interview on The Pat McAfee Show and learned of your plan to buy Pittsburgh's Original Hot Dog Shop. If the purchase goes through, why don't you make the "O" vegan? As a vegetarian and an investor in multiple vegan brands on Shark Tank, you already know that vegan eating is delicious and healthy, saves animals, and is the single best way to fight climate change. Of course, it also makes great business sense. Since COVID-19 originated in a live-animal market (as SARS and H5N1 bird flu had earlier), more people have become aware of similar conditions on factory farms and in slaughterhouses in the U.S., where extreme cruelty and crowding create a breeding ground for pathogens that can be transmitted from other species to humans.

What do you think?

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. We're always more than happy to help. Thanks so much!

All the best,

Matt Kilbourne

PETA

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