LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has issued a letter to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet asking for the approval to put a memorial on I-71 where a truck carrying 116 cows rolled over.
An unknown number of cows were killed in the initial rollover of the truck. Seven cows died in secondary wrecks when dozens of cows ran down the highway.
The memorial would be a five foot tombstone between mile markers 36 and 38.
This isn't the first accident on I-71 where animals have died. In April of 2015, 100 pigs died in an accident in the same stretch of highway.
The tribute would feature an image of a cow with the words "In Memory of the Cows Who Suffered and Died at This Spot, August 2016. Try Vegan." In a press release, PETA says this tribute would be a reminder to all livestock transporters, and to all drivers to drive safely.
"Over a short span, multiple crashes on this same stretch of highway have left dozens of animals mangled and suffering on an already terrifying trip to the slaughterhouse," says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. "PETA's roadside memorial will remind livestock transporters that the least they can do is drive safely and will encourage everyone on the road to think of the pain that these smart, sensitive animals endure for nothing more than a fleeting meal."
PETA's motto is "Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment upon or exploit for entertainment."