PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) recently placed a billboard near the site of a June truck crash in Delaware to “pay tribute to the chickens who were killed or grievously injured” in the accident. The billboard sported an image of a chicken’s head along with the words “I’m ME, Not MEAT. See the Individual. Go Vegan.” The organization did so in the hopes of convincing passers-by that “we can all prevent animals’ suffering and death by choosing vegan foods.”
Shortly thereafter, the group erected another billboard, this one in Maryland, encouraging people to “go vegan” and stop eating crabs.
And now, its lobsters. On August 29th PETA asked Maine officials for permission to build a large grave to mark the site of a truck crash that resulted in thousands of the giant crustaceans spilling out onto a highway. It wants to memorialize the “countless sensitive crustaceans” who lost their lives due to the August 22nd accident near Brunswick. The gravesite would “remind everyone that the best way to prevent such tragedies is to go vegan.” The gravestone would feature a lobster paired with the words, “In Memory of the Lobsters Who Suffered and Died at This Spot.”
Why not, “In Loving Memory…?”
Incredibly, Maine’s Department of Transportation is reviewing PETA’s request for the prospective memorial to be located on Route 1. The cost of the proposed memorial is unknown.
To date, PETA has not proposed any billboards memorializing the countless billions of animals torn apart and eaten by other animals, whether in the oceans, on land, or in the air.
What’s next? Will PETA try to shut down Orkin? Demand billboards and gravesites be erected to memorialize the tragic death of rats, ants, ticks, leeches, lampreys and mosquitoes? If not, why?
You know-- for certain-- a society is doomed when it subsidizes countless millions of human abortions and calls it “health care for women,” while agonizing, apologizing, and memorializing the death of a few thousand crustaceans. If a chicken is “ME, not MEAT,” why is a human baby deemed just a “fetus” to be unceremoniously disposed of at the behest of its parent(s)?
(I am happy to report the state of Maine has subsequently denied this absurd request).