PETA Requests Roadside Memorial After Cows Die in Crash

For Immediate Release:

9 May 2018


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


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

Cambridge – Following last week’s accident in which a lorry carrying 39 cows overturned on Cant’s Drove, near Murrow, causing the terrified animals immense suffering and killing around half of them, PETA sent a letter to Cambridge City Council Leader Lewis Herbert asking for approval to erect a tombstone memorial at the scene.

The tribute (the image is available here) would feature a picture of a cow next to these words: “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 on an already terrifying trip, likely to the abattoir,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “PETA’s roadside memorial would prevent further tragedies, including human ones, by reminding people 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 in 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 are, and they have a smaller carbon footprint.

The letter is available here. For more information, please visit