Five people were arrested on Tuesday by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) near the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY, according to The New York Post.
NYPD officers reportedly tackled the group of animal-rights protesters in front of the stage for the world-famous eating contest.
A law enforcement source told The Post the activists included two men and three women who did not claim any affiliation to a large animal rights organization.
“They were trying to climb onto the stage, trying to remove a sign,” the source said. “They were trying to get media attention.”
Twitter was buzzing Tuesday over the results of the annual event, which has taken place every July Fourth since 1972.
Honestly can't wait to watch the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest today😅— McKensey Brentham † (@mckensey) July 4, 2017
what I admire most about "10 Time Winner of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest" is his name. Why couldn't my parents name me Joey Chestnut?— Petabytes (@petabites) July 4, 2017
Joey Chestnut, 33, won the men’s portion of Tuesday’s contest by consuming 72 hot dogs in 10 minutes for his 10th victory at Nathan’s.
Miki Sudo, 20, earned her fourth-consecutive women’s victory by eating 41 hot dogs in the same amount of time.
AM New York reported that those arrested at Tuesday’s event were charged with civil disobedience, according to police.
The protesters reportedly tried unfurling a banner before their arrest, but the crowd made it indistinguishable.
The Associated Press reported People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) had members giving out free vegan hot dogs outside the event.
A PETA spokeswoman told AP that the arrested demonstrators were in no way affiliated with the group.