PETA erects "meat kills" sign outside hospital

Animal rights campaigners have erected poster with the slogan “meat kills” outside the hospital which treated the only person to die of swine flu in the UK.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) put the poster - which features the phrases “swine flu”, “e-coli”, “mrsa” and “mad cow” behind the main “meat kills” slogan - outside Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital.

Jacqueline Fleming, the first person in Europe to die from swine flu, was treated at Southern General when she was first admitted to hospital.

PETA said it wanted to give residents of Glasgow - where swine flu is spreading faster than anywhere else in Scotland - a “little reminder” of where the disease “might be coming from”.

“Filthy factory farms may not only be the death of animals bred and slaughtered for their ‘meat’, but may also be killing off humans too,” said the group. “The farms where pigs, cows and other animals are confined, are breeding grounds for new strains of dangerous bacteria and viruses.”