Re­turn of the chick­ens: New push for trib­ute to chooks killed in truck rollover

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AN­I­MAL rights group PETA hasn’t given up its fight for a road­side me­mo­rial for 6000 chick­ens killed in a truck rollover on the Bruxner High­way, at Goonellabah, late last year.

The group has ded­i­cated it­self to re­mem­ber­ing the chick­ens, which were be­ing trans­ported to an abat­toir in Bris­bane, that died in the crash on Novem­ber 28.

An ap­pli­ca­tion by PETA to erect a tomb­stone me­mo­rial at the site op­po­site the RSL re­tire­ment home was re­jected by Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vices early last month.

The me­mo­rial pro­posed to fea­ture an im­age of a chicken and the words, “In mem­ory of the chick­ens who suf­fered and died at this spot. Try ve­gan”.

In a state­ment, an RMS spokes­woman said the ap­pli­ca­tion was re­jected “as it was not in keep­ing with the in­tent of Roads and Mar­itime’s road­side trib­ute pol­icy”.

But PETA spokes­woman Laura Wey­man-Jones said the group had “def­i­nitely not” given up on its mis­sion to memo­ri­alise the chick­ens.

Ms Wey­man-Jones said the or­gan­i­sa­tion planned to hire a bill­board for a month dis­play­ing the su­per­im­posed mes­sage and chicken im­age ini­tially pro­posed for the me­mo­rial site.

She said at least one in­quiry to a bill­board com­pany was made just be­fore Christ­mas last year with no re­sponse from the com­pany so far.

It is not known where along the Bruxner High­way the group in­tends to hire a bill­board for the chicken trib­ute.

The plans come two months after PETA floated the ini­tial me­mo­rial idea, which was widely crit­i­cised by the com­mu­nity.

Lis­more Mayor Isaac Smith was among those who voiced op­po­si­tion to the me­mo­rial.

He said it was “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” to hon­our the life of chick­ens “head­ing in that di­rec­tion any­way” when speak­ing with the Seven Net­work’s To­day Tonight broad­cast early last month.

“Ev­ery­one is sad­dened by the ac­ci­dent and the loss of the chick­ens but I don’t think we want to get into a con­ver­sa­tion about memo­ri­als for an­i­mals,” Cr Smith said.


IN MEM­ORY: The pro­posed me­mo­rial bill­board for thou­sands of chick­ens killed in a truck crash.

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