PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has asked Waterford Mayor Cllr. Pat Nugent’s permission to erect a memorial tombstone to commemorate chickens killed in a lorry accident.
The accident occurred on April 17th in West Waterford. According to Irish Central, the lorry – which was en route to Carlow and carrying a significant amount of chickens – overturned.
Consequently, the chickens fell onto a busy main road and many were killed.
The tribute (pictured below) would feature an image of a chicken next to the words “In memory of the Chickens Who Suffered and Died in a Lorry Accident at This Spot: Try Vegan.” According to a PETA press release, the memorial would remind all drivers, including those with animals on board, to slow down and travel safely.
PETA director, Elisa Allen, said, “For nothing more than a roast or some nuggets, this accident left animals suffering on an already-terrifying trip to the abattoir. PETA’s roadside memorial can prevent further tragedies, including human ones, by reminding people to drive with care and to spare a thought for animals by no longer eating them.”
According to PETA and research, chickens are smart, social, sensitive animals who love their families and value their own lives.
The driver of the lorry was treated for non-life threatening injuries at University Hospital Waterford.