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Moms: Do Your Sons a Favor and Let Chickens Keep Their Wings

Written by Alisa Mullins | August 16, 2013

PETA has issued an unusual warning to the organizers of the National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, New York: Don’t let pregnant women participate. Why? Because recent scientific evidence indicates that women who cut chickens’ lives short may be causing their unborn sons to, ahem, come up short as well.

Findings published by the Study for Future Families showed a significant link between eating chicken during pregnancy and smaller penis size in male infants. That’s because chemical compounds known as phthalates, which have been associated with decreased penis size, are especially prevalent in poultry and eggs.

Baby girls are at risk, too, since eating meat increases the risk of obesity and high cholesterol (in the mother), which increases the child’s risk of being born with clogged arteries, as indicated by recent scientific findings.

The chickens killed for Buffalo wings and other products are crammed by the tens of thousands into enormous, filthy warehouses. Most won’t breathe fresh air until the day they’re trucked to the slaughterhouse, where they will be strung up by their legs and have their throats slit, often while they’re still conscious.

While pregnant women in particular should avoid wing-eating contests, no one should race to stuff their mouth with as many body parts as possible, causing up to 100 birds to be killed for a deadly gimmick. Vegan Buffalo wings are a much kinder—and healthier—way to spice up your life.

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