Group Wants to Remind Haulers of Their Responsibilities When Transporting Animals as Well as the Public of the Suffering of Animals Raised and Killed for Food

For Immediate Release:
26 July 2013

Broome – This morning, PETA sent a letter to Troy Buswell, Treasurer and Minister for Transport for Western Australia, asking him for permission to erect a roadside memorial at Minnie Bridge, the site of a 21 July head-on crash of two road trains, which resulted in the deaths of at least 20 cattle and serious injuries to one of the drivers. The memorial would serve as a reminder to not only livestock haulers to take extra precautions with their live cargo but also city residents that the best way to try to prevent crashes like this is to go vegan so that cattle and other animals don’t have to make the trip to the abattoir in the first place.

“Animals raised and killed for food suffer from the day they’re born until the day they’re loaded onto trucks for the terrifying journey to the abattoir, where their throats are cut, sometimes while they’re still conscious and able to feel pain”, says PETA Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “Our proposed memorial would bring this and other animal issues to the public’s attention, including not eating them or – at the very least – making their transport to slaughter as safe and comfortable as possible.”

A copy of PETA’s letter to the Minister is available upon request.

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