Group Aims to Remind Haulers to Use Caution and Prompt Public to Think About the True Cost of Eating Animals

For Immediate Release:

7 November 2013

Coombe – On 17 July, an unspecified number of sheep were killed after a car crashed head on into a truck that was packed with more than 300 sheep on the Dukes Highway in Coombe. The driver of the car was also killed.

To remind livestock haulers that they are carrying living, feeling beings and give consumers food for thought about the horrific industry that they’re supporting every time they bite into a piece of animal flesh, PETA Australia has placed a memorial near the site of the crash that reads, “Reckless driving costs lives. In memory of the sheep who suffered and died 17 July 2013. The sign will remain on display until 21 November.

“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. “We hope our memorial will prompt people not to eat animals or – at the very least – remind haulers to make animals’ transport to slaughter as safe and comfortable as possible.”

Deadly crashes involving livestock haulers are not uncommon. In fact, just four days after the crash in Coombe, there was a head-on crash between two road trains in Western Australia, which resulted in the deaths of at least 20 cattle and serious injuries to one of the drivers.

Sheep and other animals raised and killed for food suffer both before and after they’re hauled off to slaughter. Chickens may have their throats cut while they’re still conscious, piglets are castrated and have their tails cut off without being given any painkillers and cows are hung upside down and skinned, sometimes while they’re conscious. On the decks of fishing boats, fish, who feel pain just as all animals do, are left to suffocate or are cut open while they’re still alive.

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