You know your saga is bad when organizations that stand for ethics and humane treatment of people or animals starting benefiting from your plight.
Manti Te’o and the catfish hoax that is devoured his life over the past few weeks has hit a new low. Per CBSSports.com we’ve found out that PETA, (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is using Te’o and his plight to help promote their cause.
Attempting to capitalize on the coverage given to Te’o, the organization erected a billboard featuring Te’o and the with a hilarious promotional tagline.
Manti Te’o may have been buffaloed by a fake girlfriend, but sometimes “fake” is actually better. That’s why PETA created this billboard urging football fans to avoid unnecessary roughness to chickens on Super BowlSunday by intentionally grounding real chicken wings and opting for play-action fake fowl instead.
Those animals in PETA’s “Glass Walls” video? Unlike Manti’s make-believe girlfriend, their deaths are real. Birds slaughtered for their wings and other body parts are often dropped into tanks of scalding-hot water while they are still conscious and aren’t covered by even the meager protections of the Humane Slaughter Act.
PETA spokesperson Wendy Wegner said the organization has submitted the design to companies in New Orleans, and hopes to have “at least one” billboard up in time for the Super Bowl crowds.
Wegner also released this statement on the matter.
“PETA’s counsel has reviewed the use of Te’o's image and the Notre Dame logo in this context, and PETA thinks that the use is appropriate,” Wegner said.
Faux chicken anyone.