Target: Minnesota State Patrol Lieutenant Tiffani Nielson
Goal: Don’t encourage drivers to unnecessarily hit and kill animals on the highway.
A Minnesota State Patrol Lieutenant reportedly became unhappy when surveillance showed drivers braking or swerving to avoid hitting a family of ducks trying to make their way across a road. The lieutenant was apparently unhappy enough to release a video and command to drivers telling them next time, don’t stop.
Please ask Lieutenant Nielson to understand other options besides just hitting anything and everything in the road, and to revise her statement to reflect that there are circumstances where one can safely brake to avoid hitting and killing an animal in the road.
Dear Lieutenant Nielson,
You released a statement telling motorists to just keep driving after surveillance footage showed many drivers yielding and swerving for a family of ducks crossing a highway. As the Cruelty Casework Director for PETA has stated, most of the time drivers can take safe measures to avoid hitting animals while also keeping the environment safe for all traffic nearby.
We feel that the command to simply keep driving no matter what is not necessary in every animal-crossing situation, and would like for you to avoid telling drivers to just hit animals on the road in every circumstance. Please show more regard for animal lives by considering the middle ground regarding this matter, and release a revised statement that it’s entirely possible to brake for animals — when the environment is safe — without putting yourself or other drivers at risk.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Minnesota Department of Transportation