Viral Message Claim: The viral message asks world’s largest energy drink manufacturers to stop the annual slaughter of 500 million red bulls, urging them to substitute the animals liquidised genitalia for another ingredient instead.

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“It takes 12 pairs of fully grown red bull testicles to make 100 cans of the energy drink,” a spokesperson for PETA explained, “this is such a waste of life considering the rest of the animal is thrown away, and the impact from breeding so many animals for this purpose is having a huge effect on carbon emissions and a knock-on effect on the environment.

 “Plus, it’s just wrong to be drinking sugary blended bovine bollocks like that – it can’t be good for consumer health and well being”.

Established in 1987 in Austria, Red Bull was first founded by entrepreneur Dietrich Mateschitz when he accidentally discovered it after being dared by a friend to drink liquidised red bull testicles, mixed with children’s medicine Calpol 6+ in a soda stream.

“My friend Hans had a pretty fucked up sense of humour. Of course, it sounded awful, but when I tasted that fizzy yellow pissy semen liquid, I knew I was on to something,” Dietrich told a German newspaper in 1992.

Viral Message Verification:- The message claims “12 pairs of fully grown red bull testicles to make 100 cans of the energy drink”. A article was published on Ayupp on January 5, 2017 titled Rumor: Does Red Bull energy drink contain bull sperm?.

No liquidised genitalia or 12 pairs of fully grown red bull testicles to make 100 cans of the energy drink. However as reported in our last reporting, Most energy drinks including Red Bull contain a substance called Taurine, which comes from the Greek word taurus, which means ox  or bull, because the first time it was isolated in a lab from a bull's bile!. Taurus, In no way it means semen, it is an aminoacid, which can be found in several types of food such as fish and beef. The taurine used in energy drinks is synthetic.

The story was published titled "500 Million Red Bulls Slaughtered Annually To Make Popular Energy Drink" on March 27, 2018 by the Waterford Whispers News (archived here) is a fake news.

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