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PETA Seeks Vegan Diet as Parole Condition for 'Cannibal' Criminal
For Immediate Release:October 4, 2011
Contact:Kristin Richards 202-483-7382
Orange County, Calif. -- Today, PETA fired off a letter to the warden of Central
California Women's Facility in Chowchilla, where former model Omaima Aree Nelson—who was convicted in
1991 of killing her husband and cooking and eating parts of his body—is
incarcerated and appealing for parole. The group is requesting that the parole
board make a flesh-free, vegan diet a permanent requirement of Nelson's parole,
should it be granted. PETA—pointing out that a vegan diet will help ensure that
Nelson is no longer contributing to any needless violence and bloodlust—also
requests that Nelson be served a vegan diet for the remainder of her sentence,
however long that may be.
"Animals who are killed for their flesh experience pain
and fear just as humans do," says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk.
"If people are revolted by the idea of eating a human corpse, perhaps they
should also lose their appetites at the thought of eating anyone's skinned and sautéed body parts."
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PETA's letter to Warden Lydia Hense follows.
October 4, 2011
Lydia Hense, WardenCentral California Women's
Dear Ms. Hense:
I'm writing on behalf of PETA's more than 2 million members
and supporters worldwide with a suggestion for ensuring that convicted killer
and cannibal Omaima Aree Nelson doesn't chop up and eat any more victims if she
is released from prison: Require her to follow a nonviolent, bloodless, vegan
diet as a condition of her parole.
Animals on factory farms never get a chance at parole
because they always get the death
penalty. They spend their lives imprisoned in tiny cages, severely crowded
sheds, or filthy feed lots. Their deaths are especially heinous and gruesome:
They are shackled upside down, their throats are cut, and they are often
scalded or dismembered alive. The last thing that a convicted killer and
cannibal should be allowed to do is chew on these innocent victims' body parts.
Eating humane and healthy vegan food will undoubtedly help
Nelson lose her taste for blood. Prisons in Thailand, India, and the U.S. have
had success by using vegetarian meals as part of violence-reduction programs.
If Nelson isn't granted parole, I hope that you will consider serving her
exclusively vegan meals in prison. Doing so would also improve her health,
which would save taxpayers' money by decreasing her health-care costs.
Vegetarians have a lower risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer, and diabetes
than meat-eaters do. Vegetarian meals are also cost-efficient and easy to
I hope you will agree that going vegan is the best way for
Nelson to part with her violent past. To help, PETA would be happy to send her
our vegetarian/vegan starter kit, which is full of flesh-free recipes and
helpful tips for making the transition to a nonviolent diet. Thank you for your
time and consideration.
Special Projects Coordinator
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