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PETA Members Show That There Is A Kinder Alternative To Your Favourite Football Snack

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As football fans flock to the New York City region for Super Bowl XLVII, two scantily clad PETA members have braved the cold in cute referee outfits to hand out delicious vegan hot wings from local eatery, Vinnie’s Pizzeria.

The PETA refs gave out the free hot wings underneath PETA’s Times Square billboard, which shows a chicken’s face next to the words ‘You Can Live Without Chicken Wings. I Can’t.’ The group hopes to encourage Super Bowl viewers and attendees to bench cruelty and consider the more than 300 million chickens that will be slaughtered for just this one game – and try vegan fare.

“With all the delicious vegan options available, everyone should throw a flag on meat, including football fans,” said PETA member Ashley Byrne, who was handing out the free vegan wings. “Vegan wings, burgers and bratwursts are a far kinder and healthier way to celebrate the Super Bowl – no matter which team you root for.”

Fortunately, tasty, healthy, and cruelty-free game-day snacks – which have none of the animal fat or cholesterol found in meat and dairy products – are available in grocery stores and even at MetLife Stadium, where Super Bowl attendees can dine on vegan frankfurters and burgers from Field Roast.

The organisation has also just spearheaded its first ever ‘Chicken-Free Wings Survey’ of restaurants across the U.S.

Taking first place is The Chicago Diner, while second place goes to Merge in Buffalo, New York. The meat-free Buffalo wings at the Santa Monica–based Veggie Grill – with locations throughout California, Oregon, and Washington – snagged the number three spot. And rounding out the winners are Smoke and Barrel in Washington, DC; Green New American Vegetarian in Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona; Stella’s Lounge in Grand Rapids, Michigan; City O’ City in Denver; Vertical Diner in Salt Lake City; The Remedy Diner in Raleigh, North Carolina; and Blackbird Pizzeria in Philadelphia.

Chickens on factory farms are crammed into dark, filthy sheds and drugged and bred to grow such large upper bodies that their legs often become crippled under the weight. In slaughterhouses, chickens’ throats are cut while they’re still conscious, and millions of birds are scalded to death in de-feathering tanks every year

“Chickens need their wings – we don’t,” says PETA associate director Ryan Huling. “Even some of the worst examples of unnecessary roughness are a walk in the park compared to what chickens raised and killed for food are forced to endure.”

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