PETA REQUESTS ROADSIDE MEMORIAL AFTER CHICKENS DIE IN LORRY CRASH 

 

For Immediate Release:
23 April 2018

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Sascha Camilli +44 (0) 20 7923 6244; [email protected]

PETA REQUESTS ROADSIDE MEMORIAL AFTER CHICKENS DIE IN LORRY CRASH 
Group Hopes to Save Lives by Encouraging Motorists to Drive Safely and Choose Vegan Meals

County Waterford – Following last week’s crash in which a lorry carrying chickens overturned near Waterford city bypass, causing the terrified birds immense suffering and killing a number of them, PETA sent a letter to Waterford City and County Council Mayor Pat Nugent asking for permission to erect a tombstone memorial at the scene.

The tribute (photo also available here) would feature an image of a chicken next to the words “In Memory of the Chickens Who Suffered and Died in a Lorry Accident at This Spot: Try Vegan.” It would remind all drivers, including those with animals on board, to slow down and travel safely – while also pointing out that everyone can prevent abattoir-bound vehicles from travelling along the motorway altogether by choosing vegan meals.

“For nothing more than a roast or some nuggets, this accident left animals suffering on an already-terrifying trip to the abattoir,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “PETA’s roadside memorial can prevent further tragedies, including human ones, by reminding people to drive with care and to spare a thought for animals by no longer eating them.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that chickens are smart, social, sensitive animals who love their families and value their own lives. Those raised for their flesh on factory farms are routinely fed antibiotics and bred to grow so large that their legs often collapse under their own body weight. At the abattoir, they’re shackled upside down, their throats are slit, and they’re scalded in defeathering tanks – sometimes while still conscious.

PETA’s letter is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.
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