For Immediate Release:
16 January 2018

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

Geelong – In the wake of Monday’s incident in which thousands of chickens in crates were injured or killed when a truck crashed on the Princes Highway, PETA has asked VicRoads for permission to erect a tombstone memorial at the scene in North Geelong. The tribute (image here and below) 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 spokesperson Emily Rice. “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, sheep and chickens – alongside humans – have been seriously injured and killed in numerous accidents.

In today’s industrialised meat, dairy, and egg industries, chickens and other animals live in filthy sheds, where extreme crowding frequently leads to outbreaks of disease. Chickens bred for meat grow so large so quickly that many develop leg deformities and suffer from heart attacks and organ failure. Meanwhile, birds exploited for their eggs are crammed into wire cages, and their sensitive beaks are cut off so that they won’t peck each other out of frustration caused by such confinement. 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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