PETA Memorial Honors Cows Injured and Killed in Wreck, Encourages People to Keep Animals off the Road by Going Vegan
For Immediate Release:
April 22, 2019
Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382
Mountain Home, Idaho – In memory of the cows who were injured and killed when a truck carrying them crashed on westbound I-84 on February 27, PETA has placed a billboard in Mountain Home showing a cow’s face next to the words “I’m ME, Not MEAT. See the Individual. Go Vegan.”
“If this message of compassion inspires just one driver to go vegan, the eight or more cows who were killed in this wreck won’t have died in vain,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s billboard pays tribute to these gentle animals and encourages motorists to help prevent tragedies like this by keeping all animals off their plates.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat,” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—notes that before cows are loaded onto trucks bound for 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.
The billboard is located at the intersection of Old U.S. 30 and N.W. Canal Road.
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