Americans will eat 1.4 BILLION chicken wings this Super Bowl Sunday
This is a new record.
Each year right before the Super Bowl the National Chicken Council releases its annual Chicken Wing Report. This forecasts the amount of buffalo wings Americans will consume over the course of the weekend. However, this year that number is higher than ever: a record-breaking 1.4 billion chicken wings.
This staggering amount gives us a glimpse into our meat consumption problem. The United States has one of the highest rates of meat consumption of any country in the world. This isn’t a title we should be proud of.
More than 700 million chickens are slaughtered just for Super Bowl Sunday, the second-largest day for food consumption in America. Sadly, chickens are among the most abused and consumed animals on the planet.
For the more than 60 billion chickens raised on factory farms each year life is grim. They’re bred to grow so quickly that they often suffer from chronic pain and become immobilized under their own weight. Some even die from organ failure simply because their bodies can’t keep with the speed at which they grow. These animals have no chance to behave as they would naturally and have no choice but to sit or stand in their own waste. All of this, of course, before being slaughtered from as young an age of just five weeks old.
You can help improve the lives of chickens by choosing to only purchase and consume chicken meat that comes from food companies that have adopted the Better Chicken Commitment. Also take a few minutes before Sundays big game to urge KFC to commit to better chicken welfare in its US supply chain.
That’s not all you can do to help chickens and other farmed animals raised for food. By eating less meat overall, we can help put an end to some of the cruelest factory farming practices, such as extreme confinement, the overuse of antibiotics, and brutal mutilations.
Through reducing the demand for meat, World Animal Protection expects that factory farming will be phased out. What’s more, as overall demand for meat declines, a shift towards family farming and practices that are more sustainable and kinder to animals will become commonplace.
Want to help chickens this Super Bowl Sunday? Try purchasing chicken wings that come from farms that prioritize animal welfare or a plant-based alternative, like these mouthwatering buffalo cauliflower bites from our amazing partner, The Phytogenic Chef: