PETA to Honor Pigs Killed in Truck Fire

For Immediate Release:
November 2, 2021

David Perle 202-483-7382

Vermilion County, Ill. – To memorialize the dozens of pigs killed when a truck carrying them caught fire recently on I-74 near Oakwood, PETA plans to place a sky-high message near the site of their deaths proclaiming, “See the Individual. Go Vegan.

“Pigs died in terror and agony as flames engulfed this truck, and the survivors were loaded onto another trailer and presumably hauled off to slaughter,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s memorial will encourage anyone disturbed by the thought of animals suffering on the roadside or under the slaughterhouse knife to go vegan.”

In today’s meat industry, workers squeeze mother pigs into narrow metal stalls barely larger than their bodies and keep them almost constantly pregnant or nursing; chop pigs’ tails off, cut their teeth with pliers, and castrate the males, all without any pain relief; and hang pigs upside down and bleed them to death. Each person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals every year.

PETA notes that there have been more than 60 accidents involving trucks carrying animals used for food so far this year and that there were more than 70 last year.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information about PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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