Billboard to Pay Tribute to Chickens Killed in Truck Crash

PETA Memorial Would Encourage Everyone to Keep Animals out of Transport Trucks by Going Vegan

For Immediate Release:
July 2, 2018

Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382

Clark County, Wash. – In honor of the chickens who died in Clark County on June 25 when a Foster Farms truck driver made an illegal U-turn, causing the truck to roll over and hundreds of chickens to fall onto the road, PETA plans to place a billboard by the crash site showing a chicken’s face next to the words “I’m ME, Not MEAT. See the Individual. Go Vegan.

“This devastating crash left countless birds dead or mangled on the side of the road, and those who survived presumably ended up under the slaughterhouse knife,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s billboard would remind all motorists that the best way to prevent these tragedies is to keep smart, sensitive chickens off the road in the first place by going vegan.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that chickens killed for their flesh are crammed by the tens of thousands into filthy sheds and bred to grow such unnaturally large upper bodies that their legs often become crippled under the weight. At the slaughterhouse, their throats are often cut while they’re still conscious and many are scalded to death in defeathering tanks.

Foster Farms claimed in a statement that “accidents of this nature are rare.” But in 2018 alone, PETA has made note of more than 50 crashes involving animal transport trucks in the U.S.—and those are just the reported accidents.

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