Study Linking Meat to UTIs Prompts Local Vegan Plea

For Immediate Release:
March 30, 2023

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Flagstaff, Ariz. – Meat-eaters in the City of Seven Wonders may be more likely to feel the sting than vegetarians or vegans. A recent study links urinary tract infections (UTI) to meat consumption—using meat samples collected from grocery stores in Flagstaff—and PETA now plans to use those findings to bolster its appeals to women to go vegan, by placing ads near local pharmacies and medical clinics.

“Women have enough to deal with without a UTI, and animals don’t want to die, so PETA is reminding people that eating meat can come back to sting you,” says PETA Manager of Campaigns Amber Canavan. “Going vegan is a painless choice, and PETA stands ready to provide tips, recipes, and all manner of advice.”

For years, researchers have known of a link between UTIs and E. coli, but the new study suggests that eating meat could be responsible for a large number of cases—upwards of half a million each year in the U.S. In addition to carrying a risk of E. coli contamination, meat, eggs, and dairy contain no fiber and are loaded with artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol. Each person who goes vegan also prevents nearly 200 animals a year from enduring miserable lives and terrifying, violent deaths in blood-soaked slaughterhouses.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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