Pamela Anderson has been a longtime supporter of PETA. (Photo: Getty Images)
Pamela Anderson serving vegetarian food to prisoners?
PETA, the animal rights organization, has enlisted the “Baywatch” blonde to dish up some meat-free grub to inmates at Maricopa County jail in Phoenix, Ariz.
The jail already serves its residents vegetarian fare on a regular basis — it was the first in the country to go all-veggie when it made the switch in Sept. 2013. Anderson will be there as part of a PETA campaign to get all U.S. jails to follow Maricopa’s lead.
“Jails are full of people wanting to change, and learning healthier daily habits and embracing compassion are a great way to do that,” Anderson said in a press release.
PETA touted that Maricopa saved taxpayers $200,000 a year when it made the switch, due to lower food costs, reduced refrigeration expenses, and less wasted food due to spoiling.
“I don’t know why every other jail and prison wouldn’t want to copy what we’ve accomplished here,” Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who oversees the jail, said in the statement. “It works on every level: financially for the taxpayer, health-wise for the inmate.”
Not everyone at Maricopa agrees. Soon after the prison went vegetarian, several inmates staged a hunger strike. How will it go Wednesday? Check back tomorrow to find out.
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