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Fish memorial proposed for hundreds of bass killed in traffic accident

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.

Despite the organization's attempt to honor the creatures, no roadside memorial is underway.

The O.C. Register reports that in a letter to the city's street-maintenance superintendent, PETA's Dina Kourda acknowledged that roadside memorials are typically set up to honor human fatalities, but hoped an exception would be made because of the "enormous suffering involved in this case.”  

The L.A. Times reports that construction plans on a sign are not in the works, according to Craig Reem, a city of Irvine spokesman. Reem said he was unsure of the procedure for dealing with a request of this nature.