While we are talking about the Wienermobile, another event that glorifies hot dogs is the July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest, which is considered a "colorful tradition of Independence Day". Now this is a good one, let's hold a contest to see who can eat the most hot dogs in 10 minutes! Great idea! This year's winner ate 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Wow!!! What a tremendous accomplishment!!! Way to go Joey Chestnut (the photo is of Joey, the champion eater of brains, blood, fat, scraps and intestines).

Let's take a moment to think about this, 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes. That means eating the brains, blood, and guts of maybe 20 or 30 or more different animals (cows, pigs), with a fat content by weight of maybe 30 - 50% depending on the type of hot dog, all stuffed down at a rapid pace while thousands watch you do it, and over a million people watch you on ESPN cheering you on.

Maybe there is a better way to honor Independence Day.

Love Life! Love animals, don't eat them.

Mark Fergusson