Animal rights organisation Peta has plans for a controversial billboard linking human behavior to the death of chickens due to a fire at Trillium Farms.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announced plans to place a billboard in the area of Trillium Farms blaming non-vegans for the deaths of chickens killed in a fire earlier this week.

In the early morning hours Tuesday, 30 fire departments from Licking, Delaware, Morrow, Knox, and Franklin Counties responded to a fire at Trillium Layer Site No. 4 on Westley Chapel Road. Firefighters spent hours at the site of the fire.

Hartford Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mike Richardson told The Advocate the fire damaged at least two Trillium Farms buildings, with one building about 300 feet long destroyed and another building damage, but fixable.

On Tuesday, company spokeswoman Hinda Mitchell said all team members were accounted for and none were harmed, but they didn’t know the full scale of the loss and were devastated by the loss of their hens.

Richardson said all the chickens were lost in one building and some chickens lost in two other buildings due to exposure. No human injuries to employees or firefighters were reported.

On Friday, PETA announced their plans to place a billboard depicting a chicken with the words “In memory of the chickens killed nearby in a fire. If everyone were vegan, it wouldn’t have happened.”

In their press release, PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said: “Each of these birds was an individual who felt pain and fear as smoke and flames engulfed the barn. PETA urges everyone to practice kindness to sensitive birds – as well as pigs, cows and other animals – by going vegan.”

Original source: https://www.newarkadvocate.com