For Immediate Release:
18 August 2016

Tribute Would Encourage Drivers to Travel Safely and Think About the Fates of All Road Users

Bacchus Marsh – In the wake of Tuesday’s incident in which an unknown number of chickens in crates were injured and killed when they fell off a truck and landed at the doorstep of a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Bacchus Marsh, PETA rushed a letter today to VicRoads asking for approval to erect a tombstone memorial at the scene on Gisborne Road. The tribute (image here) would feature an image of a chicken next to the words “In Memory of the Chickens Who Suffered and Died at This Spot. Try Vegan” and would remind all drivers, including those with animals on board, to travel safely – while pointing out that we can all prevent further animal suffering and death by going vegan.

“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”, says PETA Australia Associate Director of Campaigns Ashley Fruno. “We hope our memorial will prompt people not to eat animals or – at the very least – remind truck drivers to make animals’ transport to slaughter as safe and comfortable as possible.”

Deadly crashes involving livestock haulers are common worldwide, including in Australia, where hundreds of cattle and sheep – alongside humans –  have been seriously injured and killed in numerous accidents.

In today’s industrialized meat and dairy industries, chickens and other animals live in filthy sheds, where extreme crowding frequently leads to outbreaks of disease. They are bred to grow so large so quickly that many develop leg deformities and suffer from heart attacks and organ failure. At the abattoir, their legs are forced into shackles, their throats are slit, and they’re plunged into boiling water – often while they’re still able to feel pain.

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