They have actually done this before, but it is hard to remember because it is so hard to believe that SUCH an insane organization could exist and have supporters. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), is a group that exterminates their animal dependents, and claims that turkeys are a mistreated minority. So it should come as no surprise that they want a memorial for turkeys that died in a truck accident.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune:
Animal rights advocates want to erect a roadside memorial sign for hundreds of turkeys that died last week when the truck carrying them crashed into Deer Creek Reservoir.
The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has modeled a sign after templates from the state’s official Memorial Safety Sign Program to place at the reservoir in honor of “the hundreds of terrified turkeys who died here in a truck crash,” according to a draft submitted Wednesday to the Utah Department of Transportation.
“The memorial will cut down on future accidents and make the roads safer for everyone by reminding tractor-trailer drivers of their responsibility to the thousands of animals they haul every year,” PETA campaigner and Salt Lake City resident Amy Meyer wrote in a request to UDOT. “It will also let commuters know that the best way to prevent these tragedies is to go vegan, sparing turkeys from spending their entire short lives mired in waste on factory farms and then being crammed into trucks for a terrifying trip to the slaughterhouse.”
The drafted sign urges viewers to “try vegan” and displays an image of a turkey. The tribute is placed below a sign reminding drivers to “drive safely; buckle up.” UDOT spokesman Adan Carrillo said he had not seen PETA’s request or the drafted sign, but said it “is certainly something we’d be willing to look at and see if we can help” if it conforms to state policies and guidelines.
PETA pretends to be so principled about animal welfare, but if they had their way, turkeys would be endangered. If everyone were vegan there would be no market for turkeys, so there would be no reason for farmers to breed them and raise them. What happens to wild animals in North America that no one wants to eat? Most of them become endangered species, if they don’t become extinct.
There are lots of groups that promote “free-range” turkey farming, not only on ethical grounds, but also for nutritional and economic reasons. I’m not sure if the argument is completely sound but I notice that, by demanding “veganism,” none of those reasons have any chance of changing the current industrial farming methods. PETA’s stance is radical and it thus prevents any reforms that would make turkeys’ lives better (I’m not claiming to care about turkeys, just pointing out PETA’s hypocrisy in pretending to do so).
Happily, the Utah Department of Transportation turned down PETA’s request. I wish the rest of society would stop funding and respecting PETA. They don’t deserve funding or respect.