PETA Wants the ‘Philadelphia Chicken Man’ to Go Vegan

For Immediate Release:
November 10, 2022

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Philadelphia – After eating 40 rotisserie chickens in 40 days, Alexander Tominsky—now known as the “Philadelphia Chicken Man”—reportedly said, “I’m happy that it’s over. My body is ready to repair.” So to help, PETA sent Tominsky an offer today: If he will go vegan for 40 days—and watch videos showing how chickens are raised and killed for food—PETA will send him a vegan starter kit, a 40-day subscription to vegan meal-delivery service Purple Carrot, and vegan treats.

“Each one of the 40 chickens eaten during this stunt was an individual who felt pain and fear and didn’t want to die,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA can’t bring these birds back, but we can help the ‘Chicken Man’ become the ‘Vegan Man’ and save the lives of nearly 200 animals every year.”

PETA notes that when Tominsky reportedly summed up his 40-chicken binge, which left him cramped and bloated, as “[t]he abuse, the torture—all that is just part of the experience,” he was correct. Birds killed for their flesh are bred to grow such unnaturally large upper bodies that their legs often become crippled under the weight. They’re trucked through all weather extremes, sometimes over hundreds of miles and without any food or water, to slaughterhouses, where their throats are slit—often while they’re still conscious.

In addition to sparing animals daily suffering and a terrifying death, each person who goes vegan slashes their risk of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and cancer.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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