THE animal rights charity PETA has applied for planning permission to erect a memorial to pigs who died in a crash on a Scottish road. 

PETA has written to East Lothian Council seeming approval to erect a tombstone memorial on the A1 following the deaths of the pigs earlier this month.

The animals perished when the truck they were being carried in was involved in a crash and caught fire. Many of the procine passengers suffocated in smoke caused by the blaze, despite the efforts of emergency services to rescue them. 

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The tribute would feature an image of a pig next to the words “In memory of the pigs who suffered and died in a lorry accident at this spot. … Try vegan.”

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A proposed design for the memorial

“For nothing more than some chops, this crash left animals suffering on an already terrifying trip, likely to the abattoir,” said PETA Director Elisa Allen.

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She added: “PETA’s roadside memorial can prevent further tragedies, including human ones, by reminding people to drive with care and spare a thought for animals by no longer eating them.”

PETA - whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” - which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.