GAINESVILLE, Ga., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A member of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has filed an application to place a memorial on the side of the road on U.S. 129 in Georgia honoring “dozens of chickens” that were killed in a truck wreck on their way to the slaughterhouse.
Sarah Segal of Atlanta wants to put a 10-foot tombstone outside Gainesville, a town known as the “poultry capital of the world.” The drivers of the vehicles involved in the accident were not seriously injured.
“Although a relative of the deceased is usually required to fulfill requests for roadside memorials," Segal wrote in her application to the Georgia Department of Transportation, “these chickens, who spent their entire short lives … on a factory farm before their agonizing deaths, have no known living relatives.”
“PETA will provide the memorial if it’s approved. The tribute will let people know that the best way to prevent crashes such as this one is to go vegan, because chickens shouldn’t have to make the terrifying trip to the slaughterhouse at all,” the organization wrote on its website.
“It will also remind tractor-trailer drivers of their responsibility to the thousands of animals they haul every year as well as to the motorists whose lives are endangered when a tractor trailer crashes. While there’s nothing anyone can do to bring back the birds who died because of the crash, we can all help other chickens just by choosing mock meats and other tasty vegan foods.”