PETA and The Cow Memorial

PETA is pushing for a memorial to cows who were killed in two recent truck accidents in Illinois.

According to the article:

Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman Josh Kauffman says the request will likely be denied because the state’s Roadside Memorial Act specifies that only relatives who lost loved ones in highway crashes may request memorials.

I haven’t read the law, but couldn’t a bovine relative be allowed to request a memorial?  If you are saying bovines can’t make the request because they can’t talk, can’t we just assume that they would make such a request?  If you don’t buy that argument, then what about their human parents?

Many people think of their dogs or cats (or cows) as their children.  And certainly, these animals are loved.

If these particular cows were loved by humans, shouldn’t a memorial be allowed?