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PETA uses Manti Te’o's fake girlfriend to peddle fake chicken for Super Bowl parties

Graham Watson
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Ever since the world found out that Manti Te’o’s deceased girlfriend never actually existed, the former Notre Dame linebacker has become a national joke.

And now the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are mocking him to push their own message during the Super Bowl.

[Related: Dr. Phil lands big Manti Te'o hoaxer interview]

The group erected a billboard with Te’o’s picture and the phrase "Sometimes faking it is better," in an effort to get people to "score faux-chicken Super Bowl recipes" on the group’s website.

Fake girlfriend, fake chicken, we see what you’re doing here PETA.

Here’s part of the release from the PETA website:

”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 Bowl Sunday 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.

Honestly, PETA was the last organization I thought would use Te’o’s misfortune to promote a cause, but hey, everyone else is doing it.

The good thing is that PETA is about two weeks late to the party. Perhaps that means these pokes at Te’o and his fake/dead girlfriend will finally start to die down.

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