GAINESVILLE, Georgia (WXIA) -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has asked the
Georgia Department of Transportation to create a roadside memorial for
chickens that were killed in an accident last month.
"They are living creatures, so they do feel pain, just like we do," said Sarah Segal, the woman who actually wrote the request.
10-foot-tall tombstone would memorialize the chickens that died when
the tractor trailer carrying them overturned on Athens Highway in
Gainesville in January.
"I take any death seriously whether we're a child, dog, a chicken," said Segal.
PETA only wants to put the marker up for one month.
"Chickens suffer from the time they're babies, when they have their
sensitive beaks cut off with a searing-hot blade. Our proposed statue
would bring this suffering to the public's attention and would encourage
people to stop eating chickens," PETA associate director of campaigns
Lindsay Rajt said in a release. "At the very least, it would remind
motorists to be more alert and help prevent future terrifying crashes."
The proposed memorial features a picture of a chicken and says, "In
memory of the dozens of terrified chickens who died as a result of a
truck crash." It also includes the date of the accident and the
statement "Go Vegan."
Segal wrote a letter to GDOT
director of administration Meg Pirkle, urging her to consider creating
But a GDOT spokesperson says the memorial is not going to happen.
Memorials on highways and interstates are strictly regulated. Unless
the crash involved someone who had been drinking or under the influence
of drugs, the memorial is usually a 15" disc, not a 10 foot gravestone.
Plus, GDOT says the program is strictly for people.