POSTED: Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 6:31pm
UPDATED: Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 7:45pm
Tyler, TX — If you don't believe this country is on the wrong track, listen to this.
A woman in California -- knock me over with a feather -- wants to build a memorial statue in the state for fish.
The Chicago Tribune reports a woman in Irvine, Calif., is asking her city to erect a memorial at the street corner where 1,600 pounds of live fish died last month, the result of a three-vehicle crash involving a container truck that was delivering them to a market.
Dina Kourda, a volunteer with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wrote to the Irvine Public Works Department to request that a sign be placed at the intersection - believed to have been saltwater bass.
The fish, the Orange County Register reported, were being hauled to a Ranch 99 Market, an Asian supermarket.
Kourda writes "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, in order to remind drivers that all animals - whether they're humans, basset hounds or bass - value their lives and feel pain."
"The proposed sign would also remind tractor-trailer drivers of their responsibility to the thousands of animals who are hauled to their deaths every day," Kourda wrote.
She wrote that the sign should be placed at the edge of the right-of-way, at a spot far from the road, as to prevent it from interfering with traffic.
Craig Reem, a spokesman for Irvine, said he was not familiar with the city's procedure for dealing with such a request.
But, he added, "I do think it's fair to say we have no plans to erect a memorial."
I don't think I even need to say what I'm thinking.
But, you know my point of view, what's yours?