PETA sends vegan 'chicks' to Philly on Wing Bowl day

Move over Philly "Wingettes," there are some new "chicks" coming to town and they are armed with vegan hot wings.

While 20,000 fans gather for the raucous celebration of chicken wings and women known as Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center Friday, People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals (PETA) is sending its soldiers to Center City. 

Missed out on Wing Bowl tickets or want to check out a soy-based alternative to chicken? Head over to 10th and Market at noon.

Two PETA "beauties" wearing sexy referee outfits and holding football-shaped signs that say, "Bench Cruelty: Go Vegan!" (or my suggestion, Save a Chicken, Go Soy!) will be handing out vegan hot wings.

Their goal, they said, is to persuade Super Bowl viewers to give healthy and delicious vegan food a try during the big game this year.

It might just help fans live to see more Super Bowls.

The only things missing - PETA said - from soy-based wings are the cruelty and cholesterol.

"With all the delicious vegan options available, everyone should throw a flag on meat—and that includes football fans," says "referee" Leila Sleiman. "No matter which team you place your money on to win the Super Bowl, going vegan is always a safe bet."

A vegan diet is less prone to heart disease, strokes, and cancer than meat-eaters are, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

And, who knew this? Researchers at the University of Chicago have determined that switching to a vegan diet is more effective in countering climate change than switching from a standard car to a hybrid vehicle.



When: Friday, February 1, 12 noon