Americans Will Eat More Than 1.3 Billion Chicken Wings Tomorrow

The Super Bowl is to the food industry what Christmas is to retail. In fact, the USDA reports that Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption after Thanksgiving Day.

According to Forbes, a chicken industry group forecasts that Americans will eat 1.33 billion chicken wings; that’s 2 percent more than last year.

Sadly, this means billions of factory-farmed chickens will be killed. On factory farms, chickens are subjected to cruelties few of us can even imagine, including intensive confinement, excruciating mutilations, and a merciless slaughter.

Chickens raised and killed for meat have been bred to grow so quickly they frequently become immobilized under their own weight and endure debilitating pain. They also suffer heart attacks, organ failure, and other problems as a result of rapid growth.

At the slaughterhouse, these innocent animals are violently shackled upside down, painfully shocked with electricity, and cut open at the throat—often while still conscious and able to feel pain.

Multiple undercover investigations by Mercy For Animals into Tyson Foods—the largest poultry producer in the world—have exposed horrific animal suffering, including birds crippled under their own weight; workers violently punching, beating, and stabbing animals; and live, conscious birds having their heads ripped off.

Don’t believe us? Watch.

Unfortunately, no federal law protects animals during their lives on factory farms. What’s more, the law that’s supposed to protect animals at the slaughterhouse, the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, excludes poultry entirely. This makes not only chickens, but also turkeys, ducks, and rabbits (yes, rabbits are considered poultry under the law) totally vulnerable.

Luckily, with the wide variety of delicious and humane meat-free options readily available, everyone can enjoy their favorite flavors without supporting animal cruelty.

So this Sunday, whether you’re rooting for the Patriots or the Falcons or just looking to spend some time with your friends and family, make sure to enjoy the big game day vegan-style.

Click here for a list of savory vegan recipes perfect for Super Bowl Sunday!