Saturday, February 18, 2006

No Pig Memorials for Virginia

The Washington Times reports:

The state has rejected two proposed markers near the sites of fatal crashes, contending that the memorials are for people, not pigs.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) proposed the signs, each at a cost of $300, in memory of hogs that were killed on the way to slaughter at Smithfield Foods, the world's largest hog processor.

State law allows such memorials for human victims of fatal highway crashes.


The signs were to read: "99 pigs died here because of driver negligence Please drive with caution. PETA."

PETA wanted to put the state signs in Suffolk, where hogs were killed in a March 2004 wreck, and in Isle of Wight County, the site of two fatal hog-truck crashes.

Since the pigs were going to be slaughtered anyhow, the sign proposal should have read "Please drive with caution - your bacon is at stake."

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