PETA Seeks Roadside Memorial for Cows Killed in New York Truck Accident

Monument Would Urge Commuters to Go Vegan

For Immediate Release:
April 25, 2014

David Perle 202-483-7382

Berne, N.Y. – An accident involving an 18-wheeler hauling livestock to a feedlot resulted in the deaths of at least 11 cows last week, and PETA is seeking to commemorate the animals’ lives with a roadside memorial. Amrit Singh, an Albany resident and a PETA member, has just written to the Albany County Department of Public Works on PETA’s behalf to ask for permission to erect a 10-foot-tall memorial tombstone in honor of the cows killed when the truck overturned in Berne. Singh and PETA hope the memorial will offer food for thought to motorists in New York, a state with a prominent cattle industry.

“This tribute will let commuters know that the best way to prevent tragedies such as this one is to go vegan, because cows shouldn’t have to make terrifying trips to feedlots and slaughterhouses at all,” Singh wrote in her letter to Darrell Duncan of the Department of Public Works. “The memorial will also help prevent future accidents and make the roads safer for everyone by reminding tractor-trailer drivers of their responsibility to the thousands of animals they haul every year as well as to the motorists whose lives are endangered when a tractor-trailer crashes.”

Cows used for meat are crammed into trucks and transported through all weather extremes to feedlots, where they’re then fattened up for slaughter.

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