For Immediate Release:

16 October 2019

Animal Protection Group Says the Best Way to Prevent Incidents Like This Is to Go Vegan

Adelaide – In the wake of today’s incident in which a number of chickens were burned alive in a truck fire on Adelaide’s Northern Expressway – after which, allegedly, the rest of the birds were euthanised – PETA rushed a letter today to the South Australia Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure asking for approval to erect a roadside tombstone memorial near the site of the incident. 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 let people know that the best way to prevent incidents such as this one is to go vegan, by eliminating the need for chickens to make terrifying trips to abattoirs at all.

“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 spokesperson Emily Rice. “We hope our memorial will prompt people not to eat animals or – at the absolute least – remind truck drivers to make animals’ transport to slaughter as safe and comfortable as possible.”

Deadly road incidents 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 meat, egg, 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 scalding-hot water – often while they’re still able to feel pain.

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