Following an accident with a truck hauling pigs to slaughter last week, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has asked the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for permission to erect a 5 foot monument to remember the lives lost — and to remind truck drivers of the responsibility that they have to the animals that they haul.
Truck Crash Killed Several Pigs
The crash happened on August 17 in Lancaster Pennsylvania on the ramp from eastbound Route 30 to Route 222. A truck hauling 80 fully grown pigs rolled, killing several of the animals and injuring others. The truck driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
One 300 pound pig escaped the truck during the crash but was later recaptured and had to be euthanized.
PETA Wants Monument to Raise Awareness About Livestock Transport
PETA asked PennDOT for permission to erect a roadside monument for one month that will remind motorists to make the highways safer and spare animals the terrifying truck journey by choosing a vegan diet.
In a press release regarding the monument, PETA also said that the monument is meant to send a message to truck drivers. “This memorial is intended to remind tractor-trailer drivers of their responsibility to the thousands of animals they carry to their deaths every year,” PETA vice president Tracy Reiman wrote.