PETA Requests Roadside Memorial After Sheep Die in Crash

For Immediate Release:

1 March 2019


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


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Dumfries and Galloway – Following this week’s accident in which a lorry carrying sheep overturned on the A76 between Sanquhar and Thornhill, causing the terrified animals immense suffering and resulting in the deaths of more than 200 of them, PETA sent a letter to Dumfries and Galloway Council asking for permission to erect a tombstone memorial at the scene.

The tribute would feature an image of a sheep next to these words: “In Memory of the Sheep Who Suffered and Died in a Lorry Accident at This Spot. Try Vegan.” (An image is available here.) 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- or market-bound vehicles from travelling along the motorway by choosing vegan meals.

“For nothing more than some chops, this crash left animals suffering on an already terrifying trip, likely 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 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 before being subjected to a terrifying death, sensitive sheep endure rough handling and long, traumatic journeys to livestock markets or abattoirs in severely crowded lorries, often without adequate food, water, or ventilation. In addition to sparing the lives of nearly 200 animals a year, vegans are also less prone to suffering from cancer, obesity, and diabetes than meat-eaters are, and they have a smaller carbon footprint.

PETA’s letter is available here. For more information, please visit