Animal campaigners call for ‘vegan’ memorial after 60 sheep killed in crash

Animal rights activists are campaigning for a roadside memorial urging people to go vegan after group of sheep that died in a lorry crash.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has called for a tribute to be established at the side of an A-road following the fatal collision.

It is reported that 60 sheep died after a lorry overturned on the busy A24 near Horsham in Sussex on Monday.

Campaigners want the memorial plaque to read: “In memory of the Sheep Who Suffered and Died in a Lorry Accident at This Spot. Try Vegan.”

PETA claims the sign would help road safety, The Argus reports.

Emergency services scrambled to the dramatic crash on Monday and the road was shut for several hours.

A red lorry carrying livestock had overturned, killing all the animals on board.

A 34-year old man from High Wycombe has since been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, police said.

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Campaigners from PETA are urging the local council to put a tombstone in place memorialising the dead sheep.

Vice president Mimi Bekhechi told the Argus: “Our 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."

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: "The 34-year-old man from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

"He has been released on conditional bail pending further investigation.

"The road was closed in both directions for several hours as officers responded to the scene, and we'd like to thank the public for their patience and understanding."

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