People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a statement that cited a somewhat ambiguous study on the effects of eating chicken while pregnant. According to PETA, women who consume chicken while pregnant run the risk of shortening their male offspring’s penis.
Associate Director of Campaigns, Lindsay Rajt, recently reached out to Drew Cerza, the founder of the National Buffalo Festival that took place this weekend, with an open letter posted to the organization’s website.
“I’m reaching out again to ask you at least to take steps to ensure the safety of pregnant women by barring them from taking part in your contests. As I will explain, consuming poultry while pregnant may lead to birth defects in utero, including smaller-than-average penises for newborn boys. I think we can agree that embarrassment and insecurity are no small matters.”
PETA wants to make sure that its propaganda it’s loaded with sexual innuendo; although, this letter explicitly tells expectant mothers to worry about their son’s virility:
“Findings published by the Study for Future Families showed that eating poultry during pregnancy may lead to smaller penis size in male infants. Looking at dairy products, eggs, fish, fruit, bird meat, potatoes, tomatoes, vegetables, and red meat, researchers found the most significant link between chicken consumption and decreased penis size because of a chemical compound found in the meat. Furthermore, evidence indicates that heterosexual women’s sexual satisfaction depends in part on their partner’s penis size.”
PETA is known to get creative when it comes to protesting any unethical treatment for animals, but this is definitely a new angle they’re taking here.
Shanna H. Swan, Ph. D., conducted the research that PETA is citing in their letter, but she says that the link between chicken wings and genital size is “very tenuous.”