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Except Hot Wings

True story from my past:

Coworker: “Oh, man. I just can’t eat chicken. I mean, the conditions they’re kept in… it’s just awful. Did you know most of them can’t walk? I mean, they can’t even spread their wings, for god’s sake. It’s horrible.”

Me: “I know! Isn’t it? I’m so glad I stopped eating them.”

Coworker: “Yeah. I mean… gosh, I can never eat chicken again.”

Brief pause.

Coworker: “Well, except hot wings. Mm… man, I love hot wings. Gotta have those.”



5 Responses

  1. Michelle says:

    People amaze me. I’ve heard, “Im a vegetarian, I only eat chicken fish”. WTF??!! Last time I checked those were all animals NOT vegetables, legumes or whole grains!!!!

  2. Michelle says:

    Sorry, chicken AND fish!!

  3. fartygirl says:

    Thanks for this story!!!. I will remember it, next time I’m out for brunch and tempted to get an omelet. (It’s the only time I go non-vegan, and it only happens maybe twice a year… but still…) It’s easy to forget this stuff when I don’t see it every day… and when everyone around you eats animal products. Again, thanks!

  4. Jason Dunn says:

    FartyGirl, I don’t know if you have this option where you live, but some restaurants will make a tofu scramble. It’s not the same as an omelet, but it does avoid eating avian menstruation.

  5. Nate Maier says:

    Long time twitter follower, first time Snargeladfa[w0r reader. Always enjoy your tweets. I’m also enjoying your blog. I’ve read lost dachsund and except-hot-wings. Having fun jumping around (on the site, not in my apartment.)

    Lately, my mind has been mulling over to rid myself of anthrocentric thinking. I’m feel like I’m becoming slightly what certain people might call mystic. You know the ones…. It just seems to me that there is so much life in animal form (for example…), why play favorites? Your articles have augmented this line of thinking.

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