Animal Rights Group Seeks Utah Roadside
Memorial For Dead Turkeys
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[May 05, 2014]
By Laila Kearney
(Reuters) - Animal rights activists want
to erect a roadside memorial placard to honor hundreds of "terrified
turkeys" killed in a tractor-trailer accident on a Utah highway last
week, transportation officials said on Friday.
The sign, which an official said was not likely to be approved,
would be placed near the crash site in the rural town of Wallsburg,
where a truck hauling about 700 live, crated turkeys crashed through
a guard rail and landed in a reservoir on April 24.
"In memory of the hundreds of terrified turkeys who died here in a
truck crash. Try vegan,” is the proposed message on the sign that
would also display the image of a turkey. Placement would be under a
standard Utah traffic sign that says “Drive Safely. Buckle Up.”
Only about two-dozen of the birds survived the crash, said Laura
Cascada, a spokeswoman for People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals, the group applying for the sign.
PETA filed their request with the Utah Department of Transportation
on Wednesday, and transportation spokesman John Gleason said such a
proposal was unlikely to go through.
"The purpose of the roadside memorial is to meet the needs of
grieving family members," Gleason said. "It's specific to people who
have lost their lives on Utah roads, and would not cover animals."
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Cascada said PETA has filed applications for memorials in several
states, including some for cows in New York and chickens in Georgia.
So far, none have been accepted.
(Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Gunna Dickson)
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