Vegan activists request roadside memorial to honour cows killed in lorry crash

Author: Maria Chiorando

Read Time:   |  28th July 2023

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The memorial would say 'In Memory of the Cows Who Suffered and Died in a Lorry Accident on This Spot, Try Vegan'


Vegan activists have called for a roadside memorial to honour two cows killed in a lorry smash.

Earlier this week, the animals died after an accident in which a lorry carrying 56 cows overturned at the Bakers Arms roundabout on the A35 near Poole – causing all of the terrified animals immense suffering.

Animal advocates at PETA have now written to Dorset Council Leader Spencer Flower asking for approval to erect a memorial at the scene.

According to PETA, the tribute would feature a picture of a cow and an inscription that reads: “In Memory of the Cows Who Suffered and Died in a Lorry Accident on This Spot, Try Vegan.”

The proposed plaque. Image © PETA

The proposed plaque. Image © PETA



PETA says the memorial would ‘remind all drivers, including those with animals on board, to slow down and travel safely’.

It would also point out that ‘everyone can help prevent vehicles carrying animals from being on the roads in the first place by choosing vegan meals‘.

In a statement, PETA Vice President of Programmes Elisa Allen said: “For nothing more than some steaks and burgers, this crash left animals suffering amid an already terrifying trip – which was likely to the abattoir.

“PETA’s roadside memorial could prevent further tragedies, including human ones, by reminding everyone to drive with care and spare a thought for animals by no longer eating them.”

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Written by

Maria Chiorando

Maria is an editor and journalist. Her work has been published by the Huffington Post, the Guardian, TechnoBuffalo, Plant Based News, and Kent on Sunday among other national and regional titles.

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