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PETA Wants Highway Memorials For Cows

In Illinois, PETA wants to buy highway markers for a memorial to cows that died on the highway when the trucks carrying them flipped.
The highway memorials, normally reserved for people killed in traffic accidents, would serve as a reminder to truckers to drive responsibly and take care of their cargo, especially if that cargo is living creatures.
Back in May, a cattle car flipped on an overpass and dumped 16 cows over the edge, down onto the highway 20-feet below.
PETA said:

“We├óΓé¼Γäóre fighting for cows who died. Sparing them from being tossed from a speeding truck and deprived of care afterward, sometimes for several hours, seems the least we can do.”

In 2007, a law passed that says families can pay $200 to put up memorials for family members lost in highway car accidents.
The problem for PETA is that the only people who can erect the memorials are relatives, and since the cows have no human relatives, PETA will most likely be denied.
PETA spoke to that issue, saying:

“There├óΓé¼Γäós no surviving relatives in the meat trade, which sends millions of cows kicking and screaming to the slaughterhouse.”

PETA was already turned down in Virginia when they tried to put up highway memorials for several hogs killed in a crash while on the way to slaughter.
We think PETA should be able to put up the memorials.
Reminding people to drive safe on the highway is never a bad thing.
[Image via Mark Readman/WENN.]

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Jan 02, 2012 12:00pm PDT

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