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PETA urges Philly — home of the cheesesteak and the 'Wing Bowl' — to 'go vegan' ahead of Super Bowl

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The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals urged Philadelphia citizens on Thursday to "go vegan" ahead of the Super Bowl this Sunday. The Philadelphia Eagles play the New England Patriots at 6:30 ET Sunday in Super LII in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

It's a foregone conclusion that folks shouldn't carelessly mix with Philadelphia Eagles' fans if they're visibly supporting other football teams. Anything but the color green could get you in trouble in the City of Brotherly Love — especially during Super Bowl weekend when the Eagles are playing.

And then there's the whole issue of dissing the four basic food groups of the Philadelphia diet. You can probably guess them already.

Cheesesteaks:

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Hoagies:

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Scrapple (a pork-based delicacy of sorts; look it up):

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And of course, chicken wings:

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To wit: A 127-pound woman set a record Friday morning, devouring 501 wings at Philly's annual WIP Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center — a local tradition for more than a quarter century as a run-up to Super Bowl Sunday.

All that to say, one might conclude the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals weren't likely to find many sympathetic ears when they arrived at Philadelphia’s Dilworth Park on Thursday to ask passers-by to "go vegan" ahead of the Super Bowl.

PETA also were scheduled to pass out free chicken squeezie toys that declare, “Let Birds Keep Their Wings: Go Vegan," KYW-TV reported.

The organization also was scheduled to distribute vegan recipe booklets with dishes such as spicy buffalo cauliflower and loaded nachos with cashew cheese, the station said.

“The Super Bowl is no game for the chickens and other animals who are killed by the millions only to end up as football fans’ finger foods,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman told KYW. “PETA’s chicken squeezie toys will hopefully inspire everyone to bypass the gameday wings in favor of mouthwatering vegan snacks.”

And as Philly goes, so goes the nation apparently. The National Chicken Council said football fans will eat 1.35 billion wings Super Bowl weekend, the station reported.

Check out the below clip for more of what's served at Eagles games (unless you're from PETA):

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