PETA Requests Roadside Memorial After Cows Die in Crash

Group Hopes to Save Lives by Encouraging Drivers to Travel Safely and Choose Vegan Meals

Dorset – Following this week’s accident in which a lorry carrying 56 cows overturned at the Bakers Arms roundabout on the A35 near Poole – causing the terrified animals immense suffering and killing two of them – PETA sent a letter to Dorset Council Leader Spencer Flower asking for approval to erect a memorial at the scene.

The tribute (image available here) would feature a picture of a cow and an inscription that reads, “In Memory of the Cows Who Suffered and Died in a Lorry Accident on 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 help prevent vehicles carrying animals from being on the roads in the first place by choosing vegan meals.

“For nothing more than some steaks and burgers, this crash left animals suffering amid an already terrifying trip – which was likely to the abattoir,” says PETA Vice President of Programmes Elisa Allen. “PETA’s roadside memorial could prevent further tragedies, including human ones, by reminding everyone to drive with care and 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 vegan eating spares sensitive animals a terrifying death at an abattoir, where workers shoot cows in the head with a captive bolt gun, hang them up by one leg, and cut their throats, often while they’re still conscious. Vegans are also less prone to suffering from cancer, obesity, and diabetes than meat-eaters and have a smaller carbon footprint.

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Lucy Watson +44 (0) 20 7837 6327; [email protected]