Bird-brained memo­rial plan

Central Queensland News - - RURAL WEEKLY -

A PRO­POSAL to erect a memo­rial for the feath­ered fa­tal­i­ties of a poul­try truck crash has sparked de­bate in ru­ral New South Wales.

Close to 6000 chick­ens were con­firmed to be on board a B-Dou­ble truck that rolled on the Bruxner High­way at Goonellabah ear­lier this month.

The driver had es­caped with­out se­ri­ous in­jury and over 380 chick­ens were ini­tially re­cov­ered alive, with a num­ber break­ing free from their con­tain­ers.

In an un­con­ven­tional re­sponse to the in­ci­dent, PETA asked Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vices for per­mis­sion to erect a tomb­stone memo­rial at the site.

It would fea­ture an im­age of a chicken next to the words, “In Mem­ory of the Chick­ens Who Suf­fered and Died at This Spot. Try Ve­gan”.

Spokes­woman for the group Emily Rice said it would re­mind all driver, in­clud­ing those with an­i­mals on board, to travel safely, while also “point­ing out that we call all pre­vent an­i­mal suf­fer­ing and death by go­ing ve­gan”.

“We hope our memo­rial will prompt peo­ple not to eat an­i­mals or – at the very least – re­mind truck driv­ers to make an­i­mals’ trans­port to slaugh­ter as safe and com­fort­able as pos­si­ble.”

In re­sponse, Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith spoke out against plans.

Cr Smith 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.

“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.

On­line driv­ers had a sim­i­lar re­sponse to the re­quest, many shar­ing a few hu­mor­ous so­lu­tions.

“I’m pick­ing up signs of fowl play from this PETA,” J Jack said.

“I can’t re­call where I’ve hit all the kan­ga­roos I ain’t gonna go and put up a white cross for ev­ery­one of them,” R Johns said.

The RMS policy on road­side trib­utes states a memo­rial must not be­come a haz­ard to other road users.

❝of In Mem­ory the Chick­ens Who Suf­fered and Died at This Spot. Try Ve­gan.


CHICKEN OUT: The truck rolled on the Bruxner High­way. IN­SET: The memo­rial.

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