For Immediate Release:
October 6, 2021
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Lake Charles, La. – To memorialize the calves killed and injured on Friday after a truck carrying them overturned on I-10 W. at mile 33, PETA plans to place a sky-high message near the crash site proclaiming, “See the Individual. Go Vegan.”
“Cows died in terror and agony because of this crash, and many of the traumatized survivors were reportedly shot as they tried to flee or were rounded up and hauled off, likely to end up with their throats slit and their bodies carved up for food,” says PETA Senior Director Danielle Katz. “PETA’s display will encourage anyone disturbed by the thought of animals suffering and dying on the roadside or in the slaughterhouse to go vegan.”
Cows in the meat industry are often confined to cramped, filthy feedlots without protection from the elements. At the slaughterhouse, workers shoot them in the head with a captive-bolt gun, hang them up by one leg, and cut their throat—often while they’re still conscious. Each person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 cows, pigs, chickens, and other animals every year.
PETA notes that there have been at least 58 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.