Gainesville, Georgia bills itself as "The poultry capital of the world." January 27 of this year was a dark day, then, because a truck carrying live chickens from Pilgrim's Farm overturned on US 129 near the city resulting in the deaths of "dozens" of chickens (the drivers were all right). People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is still not over the shock, however, and has asked the state Department of Transportation (GDOT) to be allowed to erect a ten-foot-tall tombstone at the crash site for a month in order "to commemorate the lives lost in this deadly crash." You read that correctly: a tombstone... ten feet tall... for chickens.

Atlanta resident Sarah Segal wrote the request letter on behalf of PETA, conceding that "a relative of the deceased is usually required to fulfill requests for roadside memorials," but seeking dispensation in order to honor "[t]hese chickens, who spent their entire short lives... on a factory farm before their agonizing deaths." PETA is out to highlight the fact that Gainesville is said to be the birth of "assembly line" slaughter, its national spokesperson hoping "the tombstone will offer food for thought in the 'Poultry Capital of the World.'" Pun no doubt intended. PETA would pay for the memorial, which would also "let people know that the best way to prevent crashes such as this one is to go vegan, because chickens shouldn't have to make the terrifying trip to the slaughterhouse at all."

The GDOT is certain to say "Go cluck yourselves," having already pledged to remove all homemade memorials on state roadsides that commemorate human deaths. The state says they can be a distraction to drivers or cause mourners to stand too close to the road, increasing the chance of another crash. Instead, it will offer 15-inch discs with the name of the deceased under the message, "Drive safely. In Memory," that cost $100 and will be placed at the site for a year, after which they'll be given to the purchasers. And that pretty much rules out a memorial wall to chickens.

You can watch a news report on the issue below.



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      Cruising
      • 10 Months Ago
      But Pontiac already took care of chicken memorial on the hoods of some Trans Am's. They were screaming and everything.
        Blackie
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Cruising
        Brilliant.
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Cruising
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      Avery Hagle
      • 10 Months Ago
      I will memorialize with a 21 drumstick salute
      Dixon Ticonderoga
      • 10 Months Ago
      And I would like a roadside memorial in front of PETA's headquarters for all of the perfectly adoptable companion animals that they euthanize because they believe that pets are, fundamentally, immoral. As someone who's volunteered with dog rescue orgs on and off for the past decade, I hate these people so much.
      Koenigsegg
      • 10 Months Ago
      LOL
      PTC DAWG
      • 10 Months Ago
      Awesome, pass the wing sauce!
      thegreatsb
      • 10 Months Ago
      PETA = freaks.
      Duh!!!
      • 10 Months Ago
      Where's the Memorial for PETA...Enough of this B.S. already...If you don't like it don't do it. But quite trying to force your idiotic lifestyle's and belief's on everyone else. If that's not possible be prepared for a life labeled as a reject from the human genome. Because stupid people should be put out of everybody's misery.
      Alan Ko
      • 10 Months Ago
      I will put a memorial on my front lawn saying "In memory of the ###### chikins that Alex ate. Yum!" The numbers change daily...
      William Weisberg
      • 10 Months Ago
      Rest in pieces!. I'll take mine in a bucket with a picture of the Colonel emblazoned on the side.
      Avinash Machado
      • 10 Months Ago
      But those chickens were going to die anyway.If the crash had not occurred they would have died at the slaughter house instead of on the road.
        Nicholas
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Then the memorial should go out to those who could have had chicken tonight, but instead face a plate sans poultry. "To those whom could be chicken right now mourn the loss of a good meal due to unsafe road conditions"
      rstonnerdd
      • 10 Months Ago
      Do it because Lions and Tigers and Bears (Oh MY!) are vegans. They can have this drumstick when they pry it from my cold, dead hand . . . . Mother Nature ain't fair - deal with it or get over it.
      nano404
      • 10 Months Ago
      Are we sure that PETA isn't just a reallly long running joke?
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