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Should PETA Be Allowed To Memorialize Animal Deaths On Roadsides?

I recently received an email from a reader who has family from the town of Berne, NY. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is fighting there to put up a roadside memorial for 11 cows killed during a recent truck rollover in the area.

According to Tim O’Brien for, “A nationwide campaign to erect roadside memorials for farm animals killed in vehicle accidents has arrived in Berne, site of a recent truck rollover that killed 11 cows. A trucker hauling 104 cows to Kansas from the CN Tommell Cattle Company’s farm tipped the 18-wheeler he was driving around a turn on Rock Road about a mile from the farm, according to authorities. Responders reported seeing several dead, dazed and injured cows. Workers cut into the top of the overturned truck to free some of the trapped animals. Five died instantly and six injured cows had to be euthanized at the scene, police said.”

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PETA has applied to put up a 10-ft. tombstone on the right-of-way near the crash site. PETA believes the memorial will help make roads safer and remind truck drivers of their responsibility to the thousands of animals they haul each year.

A poll asks readers, “Should a roadside memorial for killed cows be allowed?” With 299 votes so far, the vegan crowd must be out in full force because 44% of the voters say, “Yes, I support promoting veganism and highlighting the price of meat consumption.” Another 23% say, “No, they were cows, not people. We shouldn’t memorialize every place by the road an animal dies.” And 20% say the signs would be roadside clutter and a distraction to drivers, and the remaining 13% say they may not agree with PETA but support their right to post a stone.

Meanwhile, in Utah, PETA is asking state transportation officials to reconsider their denial of a roadside memorial for 700 turkeys that died in a crash last month. PETA has renewed its request, stressing that the turkeys developed “strong bonds and feel pain just as we do,” and are “deserving of our empathy as are human crash victims."

The proposed sign not only memorializes these dead turkeys, but promotes veganism passing drivers.

According to Erin Alberty for the Salt Lake Tribune, “The proposed sign is not PETA's first effort to create roadside memorials for livestock killed in transit. Similar requests were denied for crash sites in Georgia, Illinois and Virginia. The only PETA-sponsored memorial stands where a cattle transport crashed in 2013 near Madison, WI, where no policy restricts or permits such monuments. PETA also has requests pending to place tombstone-style markers for turkeys that died in a crash in Iowa and cows that died in a crash in Albany, NY.”

PETA is no stranger to absurd, scandalous and outlandish efforts to promote its cause. In my opinion, this one goes too far and is disrespectful to people who have lost family members in car crashes.

What do you think of PETA’s latest stunt? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of or the Penton Farm Progress Group.


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