For Immediate Release:
July 27, 2021
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
St. Joseph Township, Ind. – To memorialize the pigs injured and killed when a truck carrying them overturned along I-469 last Thursday, PETA plans to place a billboard near the crash site proclaiming, “See the Individual. Go Vegan.”
“Pigs died in terror and agony as a result of this crash, and the traumatized survivors were rounded up, presumably to be sent to slaughter,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s ad encourages anyone disturbed by the thought of animals suffering on the roadside or under the slaughterhouse knife to go vegan.”
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 pain relief. At the slaughterhouse, they’re hung upside down—often while still conscious—and bled to death. Every person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals each year.
PETA notes that there have been at least 43 crashes involving trucks carrying animals used for food so far this year and that there were at least 89 last year.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.