The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) fired a letter off to the founder of the National Buffalo Wing Festival warning him not to allow pregnant women to participate in chicken wing eating contests because chicken wings may cause unborn sons to come into the world with small penises.
The letter was sent over a week ago, however, on Tuesday the internet was buzzing about what is being called, "PETA's latest PR stunt."
The letter says, "I'm reaching out again to ask you at least to take steps to ensure the safety of pregnant women by barring them from taking part in your contests. As I will explain, consuming poultry while pregnant may lead to birth defects in utero, including smaller-than-average penises for newborn boys. I think we can agree that embarrassment and insecurity are no small matters.
Findings published by the Study for Future Families showed that eating poultry during pregnancy may lead to smaller penis size in male infants. Looking at dairy products, eggs, fish, fruit, bird meat, potatoes, tomatoes, vegetables, and red meat, researchers found the most significant link between chicken consumption and decreased penis size because of a chemical compound found in the meat. Furthermore, evidence indicates that heterosexual women's sexual satisfaction depends in part on their partner's penis size."
Women’s Health magazine argued that, “The research PETA mentioned from the Study for Future Families didn’t look at chicken consumption at all—it looked at how prenatal phthalate exposure affects boys reproductively in a variety of ways, one of which was penis size.”
While it did identify a link with prenatal phthalate exposure and penis size, chicken was not found to be a food with particularly high levels of the chemical, with spices and fast food packaging being the worst culprits for containing phthalates.
To read more about phthalates from the CDC click here.