For Immediate Release:
June 7, 2021
Tapi Mbundure 202-483-7382
Goshen Ind. – In honor of the chickens who were killed when a truck reportedly carrying them to a slaughterhouse overturned at the intersection of Third and Main streets, PETA plans to place a billboard near the crash site proclaiming, “See the Individual. Go Vegan.”
“Birds died in terror and agony as a result of this crash, and the traumatized survivors were hauled off for their throats to be slit and their bodies carved up for food,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s ad encourages anyone disturbed by the thought of animals suffering on the side of the road or under the slaughterhouse knife to go vegan.”
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 cut, often while they’re still conscious, and many are scalded to death in defeathering tanks.
Each person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 chickens, cows, pigs, and other animals every year and helps prevent future epidemics and pandemics. Confining and killing animals for food has been linked to SARS, swine flu, bird flu, and COVID-19.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that there have been at least 37 crashes involving trucks carrying animals used for food so far this year.