Old Trafford Raw Chicken Scandal Prompts Urgent Vegan Plea

Old Trafford Raw Chicken Scandal Prompts Urgent Vegan Plea

PETA Letter to Manchester United FC Urges Club to Cut Flesh From Stadium Menus

Old Trafford, Greater Manchester – Following reports that Manchester United FC is currently under investigation for allegedly serving raw chicken to guests at Old Trafford, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has rushed a letter to interim CEO Patrick Stewart urging him to serve vegan chicken instead.

In the letter (available here), the group notes that as well as keeping football fans safe from the risk of food poisoning, vegan chicken is better for other animals and the environment – it has a carbon footprint much smaller than meaty meals as animal agriculture is a leading producer of the greenhouse gases that contribute to the climate catastrophe.

“Top sports venues like Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Etihad Stadium, and Emirates Stadium serve vegan options, and 2022 Ipsos research found that 58% of people eat plant-based meat,” writes PETA Corporate Projects Manager Dr Carys Bennett. “Offering delicious vegan chicken nuggets, burgers, or tenders would be a great fit for Old Trafford, and PETA can connect you with top brands and suppliers.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that chickens raised for meat spend their entire lives crammed into windowless sheds with up to 50,000 other birds, forced to live amid their own waste. Bred to grow unnaturally quickly and fed a mix of high-protein feed and antibiotics, these birds develop such a large upper body that they can barely support their own weight. At the abattoir, they’re shackled upside down, their throats are slit, and they’re scalded in defeathering tanks – sometimes while still conscious.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk or follow the group on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


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