Pamela Anderson Pledges to Serve Lunch at Louisiana Jail if They Go Vegan
Pamela Anderson is well-known in the animal rights arena for her dedication to spreading the word on veganism. Last year she visited a place often forgotten, yet still a consumer of animal agriculture: jail. Anderson stopped by an Arizona jail in April of last year on the day they served their first all-vegan meal to inmates. She may have another opportunity soon, as she is calling upon Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards to follow in their footsteps. She explained in a letter to the governor:
“If you left meat off menus in the 12 state-run prisons, Louisiana taxpayers would save as much as $620,000 a year. Beans, rice, lentils, pasta, potatoes and other vegetables, and oranges and other fruits have all the nutrients a person needs but at a fraction of the price of meats and cheeses. There would also be enormous savings on freezer costs and spoilage, since most vegan foods and ingredients can be shipped and stored without refrigeration.”
She added that she would be pleased to help cook and serve the inaugural vegetarian meal, if Louisiana decides to make this compassionate switch. Judging by the positive response by Arizona sheriff’s Joe Arpaio during her visit, about which he said “I don’t know why every other jail and prison wouldn’t want to copy what we’ve accomplished here,” there is a good chance more institutions will consider serving incarcerated people options that are healthier for them and for the environment.
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