Animal Rights Activists Target Chicken Haulers After Recent Crash
Stark County, Ohio – Animal rights activists are turning up the heat on poultry haulers after a chicken hauler fell asleep and crashed earlier this month.
The accident occurred on Friday, June 14 at approximately 5:30 a.m. on the Pigeon Run bridge along eastbound U.S. Route 30, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol (OHP).
The Case Farms truck driver admitted to investigators he fell asleep shortly before crashing over the bridge guardrail.
The crash resulted in a portion of his load of 8,000 chickens to plummet onto Pigeon Run Avenue SW below.
The truck driver survived with minor injuries, but an undetermined number of chickens did not.
Amy Stewart, a representative with the animal rights group, Cleveland Animal Save, made her way to the crash scene.
She live streamed her experience on Facebook which set off a firestorm of criticism by those on both sides of the issue.
In the video, Stewart pleads with clean up crew members to not kill the surviving chickens.
She makes numerous pleas to workers to let her rescue “just one” of the chickens in the crash.
After initially being rebuffed, a worker eventually gave her a chicken and Stewart left.
According to a subsequent video Stewart posted, the chicken was unharmed and given the name “Pidge.”
You can watch her video from the crash scene HERE, but WARNING, if the sight of dead and wounded chickens upsets you, viewer discretion is advised.
On Thursday, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announced it would be honoring the chickens involved in the crash by placing a billboard near the accident site.
“Just one little bird escaped this situation alive—thousands more were left to die on the highway, were tossed into a dumpster, or ended up under the slaughterhouse knife,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman.
“PETA’s billboard will remind people that the best way to prevent tragedies like this is to help keep smart, sensitive chickens off the road in the first place by going vegan.”
The billboard (below) shows the image of a chicken with the messaging, ““I’m ME, Not MEAT. See the Individual. Go Vegan.”
According to PETA, there were more than 90 accidents involving trucks used to transport chickens, pigs, turkeys, and cows in the U.S. in 2018.
Additionally, PETA said it has already noted 52 crashes involving trucks carrying animals used for food in 2019.