PETA upset about pig accident in Chesterfield

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - About a month after an 18-wheeler hauling pigs overturned in Chesterfield County, an animal rights group is demanding a food company fire some truck drivers.

According to it's website, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to Smithfield Foods Wednesday urging the company not to employ drivers who have a record of repeated driving offenses.  PETA claims these drivers are putting the lives of animals at risk.

In June, 37-year-old Jonathan Leggett was ticketed after he trailer overturned on an exit ramp from Interstate 95 North to 288.  He was hauling 80 pigs and according to PETA, 45 were killed.

No word on a response from Smithfield.

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