PETA wants Illinois Cow Memorial

Murray, KY – An animal rights group is appealing Illinois' denial to install highway signs in memory of cattle that died when trucks hauling them crashed in two accidents. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said yesterday that it has written the Illinois Department of Transportation with its appeal. The state previously denied the application, saying the state's Roadside Memorial Act specifies that only relatives who lost loved ones in highway crashes may request memorials. PETA asked Illinois officials to reconsider, saying the cows suffered and are "worthy of remembering." IDOT spokesman Josh Kauffman said yesterday that the department has received PETA's letter and it is under review.