RUN, COW, RUN! PETA Statement re Slaughterhouse Truck Crash

For Immediate Release:
October 1, 2018

David Perle 202-483-7382

Atlanta – Below, please find a statement from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in response to this morning’s tractor-trailer crash in Atlanta, which killed 10 cows and left one reportedly currently unaccounted for:

This is the second transport truck crash on this stretch of highway and the fifth in Georgia just this year, and more are inevitable as long as humans continue to eat other animals who desperately want to live. PETA is calling for the intrepid cow reportedly still on the loose to be spared the slaughterhouse knife and sent to a sanctuary—as all these gentle animals should have been—and on all humans to keep cows, pigs, and chickens off the roads by keeping them off their plates.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that before cows are loaded onto trucks bound for auctions and slaughterhouses, they’re often confined to cramped, filthy feedlots without protection from the elements or temperature extremes. Calves are torn away from their mothers within hours of birth and are castrated and branded without painkillers. At the slaughterhouse, workers shoot cows in the head with a captive-bolt gun, hang them up by one leg, and cut their throats—often while they’re still conscious and able to feel pain.

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