After they were exposed just about a week ago for spreading misinformation about sheep shearing, The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals(PETA) is back again, and this time, they are concerned about the penis size of children.
Yes, seriously. This was not an April fools joke.
The vegan organization uploaded a video on their Facebook page, arguing that consuming chicken could lead to your children having small penises, and attributed this to “PHTHALATES”.
Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastics and vinyl. They are found in pesticides, paints, PVC plastics and according to Peta, CHICKEN.
Peta then linked a study, which according to them, proves that a mother’s poultry consumption during pregnancy correlated with her kid’s penis size. “The more chicken consumed, the smaller the d*ck” the video argued. “Worried about the size of your child’s pecker, moms to be? Don’t eat chicken”
As one commentator pointed out, the study cited by PETA produces results where the width had a net decrease of 0.0003 cm and length with a net decrease of 0.059 cm. Basically, the entire study accounts for PRACTICALLY NOTHING.
Another problem with Peta’s argument was that if you took time to read the study, which we’re guessing PETA didn’t, it states clearly that this phenomenon was detected in rodents and there is currently no known correlation between this and humans.
I myself haven’t had time to scrutinize the study yet, but not to worry, someone more qualified did, so I didn’t have to. Dr. Joe Schwarcz, the director of McGill’s Office for Science & Society and a chemist who specializes in “hunting down junk science and excoriating it”, wrote a blog post debunking it. The chemist explains;
“Gentlemen, don’t look now, but if you are coming up short in your shorts, it may be because your mother ate too many chicken wings while she was pregnant. At least that was the message delivered to the organizers of the National Buffalo Wing Festival by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the extremist animal-rights activist group. PETA claims that findings published by the Study for Future Families showed that eating poultry during pregnancy may lead to smaller penis size in male infants. Actually the study showed no such thing. There is no mention of poultry at all. PETA is guilty of spreading junk science.”
Dr. Bloom from The american council on science and health added;
“What PETA did was to imply that since chicken (like pretty much everything on earth) contains tiny amounts of phthalates, that pregnant women who eat it are exposing their babies to a chemical that is ‘known’ (no— it isn’t) to affect sexual development. The ‘risk’ comes from the gloves of butchers and the plastic wrap it is sold in. If you substitute steak, frog legs or pterodactyls for chicken, their claim is just as valid. Maybe their acronym should stand for “People Embarrassing Themselves Always.”