Over 600 Million Chickens Die so You Can Eat Them During The Super Bowl

I have never understood the popularity of chicken wings. The majority of the ones I have tried are just masses of fried dough swimming in a hot or sweet sauce. Sometimes there is even a wad of what looks like chicken meat on the inside.

This Sunday, Super Bowl watchers will consume 1.25 BILLION chicken wings. PETA reports 600 million chickens are killed just to satiate football fans for one day. I’m not a card-carrying PETA member, but of all of the animals we consume, chickens get the shaft. And it makes me crazy when people refuse to eat red meat because they consider the action unethical, but have no problem eating chicken. Especially when you can do a little research and make better choices of the meats you do choose to consume. However, there is nothing good about chicken wings.


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  • Brad C

    You’re absolutely spot on with your red meat vs. chicken thoughts. While it might not be the best barometer in the world, if you go to your local Whole Foods and look at their 1-5 animal welfare scale, you’ll find that you can get pork and beef that qualify for 4’s and 5’s. But not chicken. Chickens definitely get the shaft, as you say, and the best you can do at Whole Foods is a 2, I believe. Of the 9.6 billion animals killed for consumption in the US, 9 billion are chickens. Chickens just passed cattle for “pounds consumed per person” in the US, which is absurd given the size of a chicken vs. a cow.

    I don’t eat meat, but if I did, I’d probably aim for wild game (pun not intended) or at least pasture raised animals. Just one kill could feed your whole family for a year if you could limit meat consumption to a few days a week. That’s probably a more responsible approach than downing the limbs of 20 different chickens in one sitting….