PETA wants sign to memorialize fish killed in crash
October 29, 2012 -- An Irvine resident representing the group requests that the city place
the sign recognizing the suffering of hundreds of saltwater bass that
died at the spot.
An Irvine resident is requesting that the city install a sign to memorialize the hundreds of soles killed in a traffic crash in early October as they were being taken to Irvine Ranch Market.
Technically, the fish were going to die anyway. And they weren't soles. They were bass, of the saltwater variety.
Tow rig operators hook up to a truck that overturned Oct. 11 carrying 1,600 pounds of fish. The hundreds of pounds of saltwater fish shut down an Irvine intersection for hours while the mess was cleaned up.
The crash occurred Oct. 11 when a truck carrying 1,600 pounds of live fish and several tanks of pure oxygen crashed with two other vehicles. The oxygen was used to keep the saltwater bass alive as the fish were being taken to market.
In the letter, Dina Kourda, on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, asks the city's street-maintenance superintendent to place the sign at the site of the crash on Walnut and Yale avenues.
The sign would read, “In memory of hundreds of fish who suffered and died at this spot,” to remind tractor-trailer drivers of their responsibility to the animals who are “hauled to their deaths every day,” according to the letter, provided by PETA.
“Although such signs are traditionally reserved for human fatalities, I hope you'll make an exception because of the enormous suffering involved in this case,” the letter read.
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