PETA TO DIRECTOR OF ACT CORRECTIVE SERVICES: DITCH MEAT
Group Offers Plan to Improve Prisoners’ Health, Spare Animals’ Lives and Save Taxpayers Money
For Immediate Release:
18 December 2013
Canberra – PETA has sent a letter to Bernadette Mitcherson, Executive Director of ACT Corrective Services, urging her to follow the lead of no-bull Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the US and stop feeding prisoners cows, pigs, chickens and other animals. Arpaio recently instituted the vegetarian programme in Maricopa County, Arizona, jails to save taxpayers money. Not only is a plant-based diet less expensive than a meat-based one, it also saves animals’ lives, protects prisoners from serious illnesses that can cost the state a small fortune to treat and is a great way to promote compassion and non-violence among inmates.
“It doesn’t make sense to feed prisoners and young offenders some of the most expensive food on the market when they can get all the nutrition that they need from healthy vegan options while saving taxpayer dollars”, says PETA Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “The fact is that vegans and vegetarians are healthier than meat-eaters are, and they save animals’ lives.”
According to the US Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, children and adults who go vegetarian or vegan reduce their risk of cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes and obesity. People on the outside who want to give a plant-based diet a try can order PETA’s vegetarian/vegan starter kit for free at PETA.org.au. The guide includes easy-to-follow recipes, tips for making the transition and information about meat’s devastating effects on animals and the planet. A copy of the kit was sent along with the letter to Mitcherson with an offer to supply additional ones to ACT prisons.
As an incentive, PETA also offered to pick up the tab for a professional chef to work with the prisons to implement the new menu.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.