People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants to construct a roadside memorial commemorating the deaths of several hundred chickens which died in the aftermath of a semi-trailer truck crash in Saskatchewan in late May.
The mourning members of PETA have generously offered to pay for the deceased poultry shrine, reports The StarPhoenix, a Canadian newspaper out of Saskatoon.
The one-vehicle accident occurred early in the morning on May 26 as the driver of the semi was hauling 6,500 live chickens down a desolate stretch of highway between two obscure Canadian towns.
The driver swerved off the road, then back onto the road, then into a ditch, according to a contemporaneous StarPhoenix story.
Crates of chickens spilled onto the road and into the ditch. Many of the chickens breathed their last as a result.
The 27-year-old driver was also injured but his injuries were not life-threatening.
PETA’s memorial to the chickens which tragically went the way of all flesh and feathers would honor “the crushed and asphyxiated birds” while also instructing drivers and passengers “that the best way to prevent tragedies such as this one is to go vegan, because chickens shouldn’t have to make terrifying trips to factory farms and slaughterhouses at all.”
A Canadian PETA activist proposed the monument to the fowl in a letter to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways.
It’s not clear how the departed chickens would have met their end had they not left this vale of tears in the truck accident.