SALT LAKE CITY (CBS Las Vegas) – Roadside memorials to loved ones killed in traffic accidents are becoming a more common sight on the nation’s highways.

Now an animal rights group wants to erect a memorial for animals…specifically the hundreds of turkeys that were killed when the truck that was carrying them crashed, reports KSL-TV

The truck, loaded with over 700 live turkeys, was driving on a highway around Deer Creek Reservoir, about 60 miles southeast of Salt Lake, on April 24th. Nearly all of the birds died when the truck crashed.

A spokeswoman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is asking the Utah Dept. of Transportation for permission to build a memorial.

According to the request, the memorial would read: “Drive Safely; Buckle Up: In Memory of the Hundreds of Terrified Turkeys Who Died Here in a Truck Crash.” 

The sign’s design includes a picture of a turkey and the phrase “try vegan.”

Amy Meyer, who sent the request, says the purpose of the sign is to “let commuters know that the best way to prevent these tragedies is to go vegan, sparing turkeys from spending their entire short lives mired in waste on factory farms and then being crammed into trucks for a terrifying trip to the slaughterhouse.”

PETA has also made similar requests in other states, asking permission to build a memorial at a site in New York where an 18-wheeler carrying cows crashed and at a location in Iowa where more than 500 turkeys were killed in a truck accident.

Utah state guidelines allow memorial signs after UDOT has a written agreement with the family of the person who died.

Meyer, in her request on behalf of PETA, is asking the state to waive that stipulation since the turkeys were farm raised and possibly had no relatives.

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