Written by Michelle Kretzer
We've all seen the ribbons tied around trees on the side of
the road, crosses stuck in the ground, and signs asking us to drive carefully—all
reminders of lives that were lost in traffic accidents. Certainly, humans aren't
the only casualties of reckless driving, so should they be the only ones
honored? PETA doesn't think so.
We're applying to Illinois' Fatal Accident Memorial Sign
Program to post two road signs as a tribute to cows who were severely
injured and killed on the state's roadways.
PETA has chosen the sites of two horrific accidents as the
locations for our signs. In May, a tractor trailer tipped over on an overpass, spilling cows onto the road
below. Cows who didn't die on
impact or from being struck by cars languished in agony until they were finally
euthanized. Another truck
overturned in October after the
driver fell asleep at the wheel. Six cows were killed by oncoming vehicles—again,
many were left to suffer for hours
from their injuries.
If humans are going to continue to sentence these animals to
die in slaughterhouses, isn't erecting a small
remembrance of a few of the millions who lose their lives every year the least
that we can do, given that they die for no better reason than because someone
craves the fleeting taste of their flesh?
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