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‘Don’t Eat It! There’s Poop in There!’ PETA Warns Chicken Fans

A new PETA video is making feces a focal point, giving chicken-eaters a foul bite to swallow: Chicken poop could be lurking inside every package of chicken. The TV spot, which follows a woman who finds herself in deep doo-doo after seeing an unsettling headline, is part of PETA’s push for fast-food chains and grocery stores to label chicken packages with the amount of fecal matter they contain. Don’t waste another second—watch for yourself:

The Bottom Line on Chicken: It’s Crappy

A shocking report revealed that the federal government allows potentially deadly bacteria in chicken, which isn’t just dangerous but downright dirty, too, since bacteria like salmonella, Campylobacter, listeria, and E. coli can be found in and spread by chicken poop.

Number two: A study by Consumer Reports found that more than half the chicken breasts sampled were tainted with fecal contaminants, such as E. coli.

To double down on the defecation data, a study by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine found that nearly half the chicken products sampled contained fecal bacteria. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even recommends not washing chicken because dangerous bacteria might spread to kitchen surfaces. And people eat this stuff?!

The federal government’s policy against feces only concerns visible contamination, and the horrific speed with which animals are killed for their flesh increases the risk of contamination with E. coli—and caca in your cooking.

A Chicken’s Life Stinks When They’re Used for Food

Chickens are curious, sensitive, and arguably the most abused animals on the planet. In the U.S., approximately 9 billion of them are killed for their flesh each year. These birds are bred to grow such unnaturally large upper bodies that their legs often become crippled under the weight, and those who survive the rapid rate of growth are killed when they’re babies, only 6 or 7 weeks old. The sheds to which they’re confined during their short lives are so filthy that the red, watery goo in packages of chicken flesh is referred to as “fecal soup.”

Cut the Crap—Go Vegan Today

When they live in environments in which they can engage in natural behavior, chickens are very social and like to spend their days together, scratching for food, taking dust baths, roosting in trees, and lying in the sun. PETA reminds folks with fears of feces in their chicken dinner that the cleanest—and kindest—meal is a vegan one.

Down in the dumps about chicken? Flush those blues away! There’s a vast variety of vegan chicken options—without any stinky secret ingredients—available in supermarkets nationwide. Whether you’re craving chicken wings, nuggets, or a patty, these vegan chicken products will wow your taste buds—and won’t trick you into dining on dung.

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