A nightmarish scene unfolded in Utah after a transport truck carrying cattle overturned on a highway overpass, sending animals over the railing onto the roadway below. According to reports, the driver of the truck was speeding when he lost control of the vehicle, causing an estimated 25 cows to fall, injuring and killing many of them. Horrific images and video footage showed the gruesome, chaotic scene. Be advised—the following content is graphic and may be upsetting to some viewers.
Crash leaves semi teetering off overpass, spilling cows onto highway below, video shows https://t.co/NWvp7ZuDvc pic.twitter.com/T3pH5HEvOs
— FARM Animal Rights (@FARMUSA) November 25, 2017
Heartbreaking events like this are a sobering reminder that the true cost of meat and dairy “products” are animals’ lives. Cows used for food are normally killed in slaughterhouses far from public view and scrutiny, but when transport trucks scatter their broken bodies across a busy highway, their suffering is all but impossible to ignore. Remember, had these cows not been thrown to a painful death, they would still have been taken—terrified—to a slaughterhouse, where they’d have been killed far short of their natural life span.
Watch as this family drives through the carnage:
Posted by Justyne Salazar-Martinez on Wednesday, November 22, 2017
“Look how sad!” the driver can be heard saying as the car passes beneath the overpass.
We couldn’t agree more. Compassionate people everywhere recognize the suffering that goes hand in hand with buying animal-derived ingredients. Remember: No matter where—or how—they die, no feeling, sensitive individuals want to be killed for someone else’s dinner.
Am I the only one that wanted to cry when all those cows fell off the overpass onto I-15 like I’m not okay
— Saige Johnson (@johnson_saige) November 23, 2017
You Can Make a Positive Difference for Animals, and We Can Help You Do It
More than 30 million cows suffer and die in the meat and dairy industries every year. Those involved in this horrific crash represent only the tiniest fraction of the huge number of other individuals who’ll be killed in 2017. Every time that you purchase meat or dairy “products,” you personally endorse all the violence that’s inflicted on cows, whether it be intentional or “accidental.”
Next time you head to the grocery store, choose not to support this cruelty. Going vegan is the simplest way to take a stand for animals. It also happens to be way better for the environment and your personal health, but that’s just the cherry on top. Order a free vegan starter kit today, and then be sure to bookmark our handy guide to the best vegan meats, milks, and cheeses for your next shopping trip!