Dina Kourda, on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has requested that the city of Irvine, California build a sign to memorialize the hundreds of fish killed in a traffic crash on Oct. 11 while they were being taken to the Irvine Ranch Market.
A truck was carrying 1,600 pounds of live fish and tanks of pure oxygen, when it crashed with two other vehicles, overturned, and caused hundreds of pounds of fish to shut down an Irvine intersection at Walnut and Yale avenues.
The oxygen was used to keep saltwater bass alive as the fish were being taken to market, reports the Orange County Register.
According to the letter, provided by PETA, the sign would read: "In memory of hundreds of fish who suffered and died at this spot."
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The letter added: "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."
"Research tells us that fish use tools, tell time, sing, and have impressive long-term memories and complex social structures, yet fish used for food are routinely crushed, impaled, cut open, and gutted, all while still conscious. Sparing them from being tossed from a speeding truck and slowly dying from injuries and suffocation seems the least that we can do."