PETA Requests Roadside Memorial After Pigs Die in Crash

For Immediate Release:

12 January 2017


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

Cowbit, Lincolnshire – Following yesterday morning’s accident, in which a lorry carrying pigs overturned at the A16 bypass in Cowbit, causing immense suffering and killing at least 20 terrified pigs, PETA sent a letter to Lincolnshire Council Leader Martin Hill asking for approval to erect a tombstone memorial at the scene.

The tribute (would feature an image of a pig next to these words: ” In memory of the pigs 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 lorries from travelling the motorway by choosing vegan meals.

“For nothing more than some bacon and burgers, this crash left animals mangled and suffering on an already terrifying trip to the abattoir”, says PETA Senior Campaigner Kirsty Henderson. “PETA’s roadside memorial can prevent further tragedies, including human ones, by reminding people to drive with care and give a thought to animals by no longer eating them.”

As documented by PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” –before pigs are loaded onto lorries bound for abattoirs, they suffer immensely on British farms.

Many piglets’ teeth are clipped or ground down, and their tails are cut off without being given any painkillers. Before they give birth, mother pigs are confined to farrowing crates so small that they can’t even turn around, let alone fulfil their strong urge to build a nest as they would naturally do. They’re forcibly impregnated over and over again, and each litter of piglets is torn away from them after only a few weeks and transported to fattening pens before eventually being sent to slaughter.

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