It's a slow news day when the front page of the Los Angeles Times Business Section has a big, full-color, "wiener warning" story! No, Loraina Babbit is not on the loose again, no the Playboy Mansion is not having another wild party and no, this is not about sex offenders living too close to neighborhood schools. It's about hot dogs! Who knew wieners were breaking news and at the top of our "worry" list these days?!?
Seriously, today's Business Section has a top of page story, with a 5" x 7" color photo, and the headline "They want warning in the wurst way". I'm sure the Oscar Mayer company really appreciates that picture of their dogs too.
The article reports on a vegan group in New Jersey seeking a court order for a "Warning Label" on wieners stating that "Consuming hot dogs and other processed meats increase the risk of cancer." You know what I'm talking about--The kind of label you see on cigarette packages. That's what they want on hot dogs, although this claim is yet to be proven.
I think it's a bunch of dog poop.
We're talking about hot dogs folks-- the All-American food, that's literally been around for more than a hundred years! For crying out loud-- What's next, apple pie, potato salad, milk, and ice cold beer? Give me a break!
Yes, this article has me smoking mad, not "smoking" enough to have a "Warning Label" tattooed to my forehead, but mad as hell, nevertheless. This potential class action suit is a waste of time, money and perfectly good frankfurters-- I'll take mine, by the way, with ketchup, relish and sour kraut please.
With all the mess in the world-- the wars, the economy, poverty, AIDS, violence, you name it-- There are at least a million other things to protest about then friggin hot dogs eaten in New Jersey that possibly, maybe, potentially could, cause cancer. Yes, today New Jersey, tomorrow the world!
I get that vegans eat animal-free food, so they shouldn't eat hot dogs or the likes, but a class action lawsuit? Are hot dogs really the most important thing vegans can protest? Doesn't, oh say-- global warming and the impact it's having on worldwide crops rank a tad bit higher on the vegan protest "to-do" list then say, Dodger Dogs?
Before you say it, I'm NOT picking on vegans. To each his own. What I am calling this vegan group out for is the insanity of a court case about hot dogs. Seriously, is that the best they could do to raise the awareness level for their "eat animal-free" cause? Do they think this approach is going to get new followers to dump their dogs? And don't get me started on the huge waste of tax payer's money to hear this non-sense in court. Grrrrr!
As I write this rant, I've read the above noted story several times and each time I'm more and more disgusted. First, by the Los Angeles Times for giving the story such high profile press, and second, for the obviously transparent attempt by this group to garner attention for an unproven claim only to help boost their "vegan message" in the media.
Yes, this post is playing right into their hands-- I'm talking and writing about it. But what I'm also doing is BUYING MORE HOT DOGS, Hebrew International are my fave, and I'm serving them to my entire family this weekend with no concern about giving them cancer!
I'm also hoping the New Jersey courts laugh this lawsuit right out the door-- and onto the curb-- where several hot dog vendors are standing by to feed the hungry attorneys.
With this kind of "lawsuit mentality", we'll have black box warning labels on everything, not just the real and important products that can actually harm us. I say enough already with the over-the-top labels and ridiculous lawsuits! Be informed and make your own decisions and leave the courts for "real" cases.
What do you think?
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