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Animal rights activists want a memorial to remember turkeys who were killed in a motorway crash while on their way to slaughter.

The crash happened at around 11am on December 7, when a trailer carrying 640 turkeys was turned over.

West Midland Ambulance Service, Hereford Fire and Rescue Service, West Mercia Police, and the RSPCA all attended the scene of the incident in Worcestershire.


Following the accident, PETA sent a letter to Worcestershire County Council Leader Simon Geraghty asking for approval to erect a tombstone memorial at the scene.

The tribute would feature an image of a turkey next to these words: “In Memory of the Turkeys Who Suffered and Died in a Trailer Accident at This Spot: Try Vegan.” 

A spokesperson said: “It would remind all drivers, including those with animals on board, to slow down and travel safely – while also pointing out that everyone can prevent abattoir-bound vehicles from travelling along the motorway by choosing vegan meals.”


PETA Campaigns Strategist, Luke Steele, added: “For nothing more than a Christmas dinner, this crash left animals suffering on an already-terrifying trip to the abattoir.

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

According to the charity, in the wild turkeys can live for up to 10 years, but those killed for food are normally slaughtered at between 12 and 26 weeks of age.


A Worcestershire County Council spokesman said PETA’s request would be ‘considered’ like any other application.

They added: “Road safety is a top priority for us. 

“It’s important to us that we keep the roads clear of any extra distractions.”


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Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.