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Fish memorial proposed for hundreds of bass killed in traffic accident

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PETA is asking for a California roadside memorial sign to be erected in honor of the 1600 pounds of saltwater bass that died on a SoCal roadway earlier this month. A truck carrying the live fish to market was involved in three-way crash in Irvine on Oct. 11.

The O.C. Register reports on the proposed sign and a letter from PETA about how fish feel pain:

The sign would read, "In memory of hundreds of fish who suffered and died at this spot," to remind tractor-trailer drivers of their responsibility to the animals who are "hauled to their deaths every day." 

"Research tells us that fish use tools, tell time, sing, and have impressive long-term memories and complex social structures, yet fish used for food are routinely crushed, impaled, cut open, and gutted, all while still conscious," the letter continued.