The animal rights organised was ridiculed after it posted on Twitter: “Carnivorous is an anagram of coronavirus. Coincidence? We think NOT! “Scientists have a hunch that contact with live animals or their dead flesh may be the source of the deadly virus.”
But thousands of disgusted Twitter users, including vegans, hit back accusing the organisation for sending “inaccurate” and “stupid” messages.
One person wrote: “As a vegan, I do not approve of this absolutely idiotic message.”
Another said: “I wish there was an option to report this.
Coronavirus latest news: PETA has been slammed after it suggested eating meat is linked to the virus (Image: GETTY )
“You should be ashamed of yourselves. Yet another reason nobody takes you seriously as an organisation any more.”
One furious Twitter user said: “I support you PETA but this is totally inaccurate and stupid.”
Another posted: “In Portuguese, ‘Peta’ means ‘Lie’ Coincidence?”
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One critic simply posted: “You guys are a joke.
And another fumed: “Imagine using a deadly disease to preach about your cause I hope the person running this account gets the coronavirus.
On its website, PETA suggests the