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PETA's bid for memorial to dead turkeys denied

PETA's bid for memorial to dead turkeys denied
This photo provided by Utah State Parks shows the remains of a semitrailer that crashed into a reservoir northeast of Provo, Utah, while carrying hundreds of live turkeys.
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An animal rights activist's request to install a roadside memorial at the site where hundreds of turkeys died in a Utah truck crash has been denied.

The Utah Department of Transportation on Friday rejected the request made by Amy Meyer of Salt Lake City on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, saying it didn't meet the agency's policy standards.

The memorials allow grieving families to memorialize loved ones who die in highway crashes.

KSL reports Meyers argued the condition should be overlooked because turkeys in the factory-farming industry have no living relatives. She proposed that PETA's memorial urge people to "try vegan."

A truck hauling 720 turkeys crashed April 24 on a highway northeast of Provo, killing all but about two dozen of the birds.
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