Peta wants memorial for road crash victims – turkeys

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Activists in the US state of Utah are campaigning to have a memorial erected to those killed in a traffic accident last month.

But the victims were what animal rights activists described as hundreds of “terrified turkeys”.

In the highway accident on April 24, a truck hauling about 700 live, crated turkeys crashed through a guard rail and landed in a reservoir.

The sign, which an official said would not likely to be approved, was to read: “In memory of the hundreds of terrified turkeys who died here in a truck crash. Try vegan.” And it was to be placed under a standard Utah traffic sign that says: “Drive Safely.

Buckle Up.”

Only 24 of the birds survived the crash, said Laura Cascada of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), which is applying for the sign.

A spokesman for the Utah Department of Transportation said on Wednesday: “The purpose of the roadside memorial is to meet the needs of grieving family members. It’s specific to people who have lost their lives on Utah roads, and would not cover animals.”

Peta has applied for similar memorials in several states, including some for cows in New York and chickens in Georgia.

So far, none have been accepted.

- Reuters