PETA wants memorial for cows killed on road

MSNBC:  An animal rights group wants Illinois to install highway signs in memory of cattle that died when trucks hauling them flipped in two separate wrecks.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants to buy the markers, one in suburban Chicago and one northwest of Peoria. PETA’s Dec. 15 request to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)  contends the signs would pay tribute to the more than 20 head of cattle killed as a result of negligent driving in Illinois in 2011.
The request likely will be denied, IDOT spokesman Josh Kauffman said. The state’s Roadside Memorial Act specifies that only relatives who lost loved ones in highway crashes may request memorials, he said.
PETA campaign coordinator Tracy Patton, of Arlington Heights, who wrote the letter seeking the markers, wants the department to disregard that requirement.  “Because there are no surviving family members for animals in the meat trade, we ask that you waive this requirement of the program and allow concerned Illinois citizens like me to apply in lieu of a relative,” she wrote.
In Illinois, relatives of people killed in crashes caused by reckless driving can pay $200 for an official roadside marker if . Fines pay for signs put up in honor of victims of drunken drivers, and numerous roadside markers have been approved since passage of the 2007 act, also called Tina’s Law. The legislation honors Tina Ball, a construction worker killed in a work zone on Interstate 57 by a drunken driver in 2003.
Gravely injured by a drunken driver when she was 15, Marti Belluschi of the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists worked for years to pass Tina’s Law. She said she’s an animal lover, but she wishes PETA would pursue other means of raising awareness for their issues.  “These signs are appropriate for fatal crashes where a human being has lost his or her life,” said Belluschi, who still carries facial scars and suffers double vision from the crash in her youth.
“Cows are intelligent, sensitive animals who feel pain the same way we do,” Byrne said. Livestock transported for slaughter endure extreme weather, hunger and thirst, she said. If they are hurt in an accident, their suffering can be prolonged.
Highway crashes involving livestock can be horrific. Cattle plummeted from an overpass in May when a truck overturned on Interstate 80 near Hazel Crest. The roadside markers envisioned by PETA would memorialize 16 animals killed in that accident and six killed in October on Interstate 74 about 40 miles northwest of Peoria. No humans died in the wrecks.
I bet PETA would like memorial signs in front of all McDonald’s, Burger King, Sonic and Wendy’s restaurants as well. 

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Lone Wolf
Lone Wolf
9 years ago

Did I read what I have just read? It is getting worse. There is no end to the Looneys.

9 years ago
Reply to  Lone Wolf

Makes their beef (no pun intended) about the non-jurious New Years’ “Possum drop” in North Carolina sound positively tame, doesn’t it?

Ray Boady
7 years ago

PETA and other animal rights groups have successfully galvanized public opposition against celebrities who wear fur, helping to turn the practice into an ethical and fashion taboo. Now the largest animal rights organization in the world has turned its attention to celebrities who endorse the consumption of animal products.*
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