“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 their pain,” wrote Dina Kourda in a petition to the Irvine Public Works Dept.
Kourda is a volunteer with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the saltwater bass had been stored in tanks that cracked when a container truck crashed into two other vehicles. The newspaper reported that some of the fish died on impact. Others apparently flopped onto the pavement.
PETA spokesperson Ashley Byrne said the memorial for the fish was an appropriate request — noting that “hundreds of fish perished in this accident, suffocating slowly on the roadway.”
But the chances are slim that the city will honor the fallen fish. A city spokesperson told the newspaper that it’s “fair to say we have no plans to erect a memorial.”
PETA blogger Michelle Kretzer said even if the memorial isn’t erected, there’s a better way to honor fish.
“The best way for people to keep fish from suffering is to stop eating them,” she wrote.
She noted that fish are “intelligent animals” who can “tell time, count and enjoy singing.”
Many Americans prefer their fish with tartar sauce — and hush puppies.