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Animal Rights Activists Want to Put an End to Dodger Dogs

May 15, 2007 – 9:36 AM
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Larry Brown

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There are some things in life you just don't want to know. For instance, what your girlfriend did over Spring Break, the taste of Bacardi 151, why your shirt was untucked when you woke up in the dentist's chair, and how hot dogs are made. It is with the latter reference that I present the story, courtesy of LA Daily News columnist Tom Hoffarth's blog, via SPORTSbyBROOKS, of the Animal Legal Defense Fund which sent a letter to Dodger owner Frank McCourt, urging him to cut ties with Farmer John, the producer of Dodger Dogs.
Dear Mr. McCourt:
Dodger fans have a lot to be proud of in the recent renovations and upgrades at Dodger Stadium. Most would be shocked to learn, however, that the mustard-crowned Dodger Dog-the stadium's top-selling concession-is a frankfurter with a shameful secret.

Farmer John, the meat brand behind the stadium's famous foodstuff, is also a defendant in a lawsuit filed by several California residents and the national non-profit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF). The lawsuit seeks to end the cruel confinement of pregnant and nursing mother pigs, whose babies are destined to become Farmer John franks. The plaintiffs claim this practice is in clear violation of California anti-cruelty laws. On behalf of ALDF's more than one hundred thousand members and supporters, more than 19,000 of whom reside in Los Angeles, we are asking the Dodgers to cut all ties with Farmer John and their illegally-produced pork products.
Fighting for pig rights. Now there's a novel concept. Next thing you know, they'll be saving the cows, chickens, and turkeys, and we'll all be forced to become vegetarians. Makes me wonder what ALDF would do if they examined the hamburgers sold at the games. According to Hoffarth, one of the team's spokespersons won't be able to comment until speaking with representatives at Farmer John. I'll say one thing -- the Dodgers are dealing with a mouse that's roaring. Should they actually try and appease this group, they'll have the wrath of the lion to deal with. Taking away Dodger Dogs from Dodger Stadium is almost like firing Vin Scully. Not quite as bad, but not something that will be taken lightly by the fans.
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