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PETA asks for roadside memorial sign for 71 dead cows

An animal rights group wants to set up a roadside memorial sign for dead cows.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, is asking the Manitoba government for permission to place a sign along Highway 5 near Carberry, about 170 kilometres west of Winnipeg.

That’s where 71 cows died after a semi collided with a train on Jan. 31.

The group is asking that the sign read “Careless Driving Costs Lives: In Memory of 71 Cows.”

Manitoba established a roadside memorial program for people killed in highway crashes in 2008.

The program, developed in co-operation with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, sees standardized signs placed along roadsides where someone had been killed by an impaired driver.