Airport Germ Scare Brings ‘Meat Kills’ Ads to TSA Luggage Bins

Bin Filth Is Nothing Compared to Deadly Bacteria Found in Meat: PETA to Issue Travel Advisory in Top Cow-Producing State

For Immediate Release:
September 26, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Tulsa, Okla. – It’s not the toilets! A new study has found that the plastic bins used for items going through security are the biggest culprits in spreading germs in airports, so PETA is asking to place ads inside the luggage bins at Tulsa International Airport—which serves one of the country’s top cow-producing states—that warn, “Meat Kills—Go Vegan,” and list a litany of health risks associated with consuming animal flesh, from contracting E. coli, salmonella, or SARS to increasing your risk of developing heart disease because of the artery-clogging fat and cholesterol that it contains.

“Airport bins may be filthy, but eating meat is far more dangerous and can give you E. coli, mad cow disease, SARS, bird flu, salmonella, and other stomach-churning, potentially deadly diseases,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA’s travelers’ advisory may help prevent everyone—including animals who are chopped up for meat—from suffering and dying prematurely, and it’s just the ticket for anyone thinking of going vegan.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that mad cow disease was found in the U.S. as recently as this summer. In addition to carrying a high risk of contamination from pathogens, meat contains no fiber and is packed with artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegans are less prone to suffering from heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer than meat-eaters are.

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