A warning to all women who are pregnant and expecting baby boys: Whatever you do, do NOT eat chicken wings!
At least that's what PETA is saying!
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.
But instead of focusing on the unethical treatment of chickens, she turned the attention on pregnant women and their unborn sons. The letter reads:
"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."
That's right! According to PETA, if you're pregnant and you choose to eat chicken wings, chances are your unborn son won't turn out to be Jon Hamm!
The letter goes on to say:
"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."
So don't worry, expecting mothers! If you want to enjoy a nice plate of chicken wings, chances are your baby boy will be just fine!
[Image via Matthew Mead/AP Images.]
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