PETA wants Iowa to ok 10-foot-tall memorial to turkeys

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(image from PETA)

After a crash involving a truck carrying turkeys, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants Iowa to approve a memorial to the birds.

PETA asked for the memorial to honor turkeys that died when a truck crashed April 12, 2014 in Sioux City, Iowa. The truck hit ten parked cars, and then tipped over, according to the Sioux City Journal.

PETA claims more than 500 turkeys perished in the crash.

The proposed memorial features an image of a turkey and reads, “In memory of the hundreds of terrified turkeys who died here in a truck crash April 12, 2014. Try vegan.”

The proposed memorial would stand ten feet tall. The proposal letter suggests the memorial be allowed to stand for one month at the intersection where the truck crash happened.

“The best way to prevent tragedies such as this one is to go vegan, because turkeys shouldn’t have to make terrifying trips to slaughterhouses at all,” said a post about the memorial on the PETA website.

There is no state standard for roadside memorials in Iowa. State law does prohibit roadside objects which obstruct safe travel and the right-of-way along roads in Iowa.

proposed PETA memorial to turkeys (image from PETA)

proposed PETA memorial to turkeys (image from PETA)


  • Cindy Ellsworth

    I am an animal lover; however, this is too far. What about the cows or chickens that were killed in transit accidents; particularly, if they were on their way to slaughter?

    There are not even magnifent monuments like that for people along the highway and if there were, it would likely obstruct or distact views endangering travel.

  • Thomas Stratford

    I don’t think a 30 lb bird that has a brain the size of a pea, has the capacity to be “terrified”. As the Liberal media, especially local news stations push this stupid humanizing of animals.

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