Billboard to Pay Tribute to Piglets Killed in Truck Crash

PETA Memorial Would Encourage Everyone to Go Vegan and Spare Animals Suffering

For Immediate Release:
October 25, 2018

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Butler Township, Ohio – In honor of the piglets who were injured or killed when the truck carrying them overturned on October 18, PETA plans to place a memorial billboard near the site of the crash, on the northbound Interstate 75 ramp to westbound Interstate 70 in Butler Township. It would show a pig’s face next to the words “I’m ME, Not MEAT. See the Individual. Go Vegan.

“The terror and pain that these piglets must have felt when they were trapped inside an overturned truck is hard to imagine,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s billboard would urge motorists to spare a thought for the suffering of piglets and all other animals raised for food and go vegan.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that in today’s meat industry, mother pigs are squeezed into narrow metal stalls barely larger than their bodies and kept almost constantly pregnant or nursing. Pigs’ tails are chopped off, their teeth are cut with pliers, and males are castrated—all without any painkillers. At the slaughterhouse, they’re hung upside down and bled to death, often while still conscious.

In 2018 alone, PETA has made note of over 80 crashes involving transport trucks carrying animals in the U.S.—and those are just the reported accidents.

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