Pamela Anderson, the former star of Baywatch, notorious animal rights supporter, and honorary director of People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA) today sent a letter to the commissioner of Corrective Services NSW imploring him to serve vegan meals to female prisoners in NSW in place of animal products. She has suggested that the move could work in conjunction with the prison service’s recently announced yoga and mindfulness rehabilitation programme for inmates.
“Not only would providing vegan food honor one of the driving principles of yoga – ahimsa, doing no harm – by sparing animals’ lives, it could also help improve the health of the women in your facilities. A well-planned vegan diet provides all the nutrients that a person needs,” writes Anderson. “PETA and I would be happy to work with your team to create a low-cost meal plan.”
This idea has been tested in Pamela’s home country, at Maricopa County Jail in the US state of Arizona. That prison switched to all vegetation food for it’s 8,000 inmates, and the choice resulted in them saving an annual $273,000 US dollars. That’s nothing to sneeze at. Pamela visited the inmates in that prison, who in her words were “impressed by the freshness and quality of the food”.