Chicken Statue Proposed By PETA Denied By Oregon Officials [PHOTO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on July 24, 2013 5:21 PM EDT

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Salem, Ore., officials have turned down PETA's request to erect a large, bloody chicken statue at a busy city intersection. (Photo: PETA)

The city of Salem, Ore., has turned down a proposal from the People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals to erect a five-and-a-half foot bloody chicken statue at a city intersection.

PETA proposed to erect the bloody chicken statue two weeks after a truck carrying over 5,000 chickens crashed into a Salem car dealership, with a "considerable number" of the chickens dying. PETA had wanted the proposed 250-pound bloody chicken statue to remind truck drivers to be extra careful when hauling live animals, and to remind the public that chickens are widely abused animals.

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"Chickens suffer from the time they're babies and have their sensitive beaks cut off with a searing-hot blade until their throats are cut, often while they're still conscious and able to feel pain," PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Lindsay Rajt said in their initial statement. "Our proposed statue would bring this and other animal issues to the public's attention, including not eating them or -- at the very least -- making their transport to slaughter as safe and comfortable as possible."

PETA sent a letter to Kevin Hottman, the Salem City Traffic Engineer, proposing their bloody chicken statue. Hottman discussed the idea of the chicken statue with the Oregon Department of Transportation, but ultimately both parties agreed it would be a distraction for drivers.

"It's a very congested intersection but distracting anybody is not what I would want to do," Hottman said.

PETA's chicken statue already exists, and has been used once before. In 2011, PETA put the statue, designed by New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss, outside of a McDonald's in Raleigh, NC, with local officials' approval.

In unrelated chicken statue news, three men were arrested in Jacksonville, Fla., earlier this month for stealing a 9-foot, 600-pound purple chicken statue.

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