Five people were arrested yesterday while attempting to disrupt the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island, according to police.
An NYPD spokesperson told Gothamist that three women and two men "attempted to disturb the contest" around 1:30 p.m. The five were arrested and removed without incident, according to the cops, and were released without any charges brought against them.
The animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere shared a video on Facebook taking responsibility for the disruption. In the video, a two DAE members try to unfurl a banner while on the shoulders of two other people, while one shouts something unintelligible:
Last year, an activist with the group jumped onto the stage during the contest and poured fake blood on the hot dogs that a competitor was eating, before getting removed by security. In 2010, former hot dog eating champion Takeru Kobayashi was arrested for rushing the stage, however, the competitive eater's beef wasn't about cruelty to animals, but rather a labor rights dispute with the contest's governing body, Major League Eating.