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Nonviolence Can Start on Our Plates, Says Group
For Immediate Release:August
Denver -- As
debates over gun control and mental-health care sweep the nation in the wake of
the July 20 shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., PETA is urging
everyone to take the first step toward making the world less violent simply by
choosing meat-free meals. To initiate this positive trend, PETA has sent a
letter to Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson urging him to place James
Holmes—who has been charged in the shooting deaths of 12 people and the
wounding of 58 others—on an all-vegetarian diet for the remainder of his stay
at the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility in Centennial.
are many forms of random, senseless violence that we can do nothing about—but
each of us can help stop the routine slaughter of animals simply by not eating
them," says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. "PETA is asking Sheriff
Robinson to lead the way by placing James Holmes on a humane and cost-effective
vegetarian diet, which will save lives and public funds."
has offered to provide all Arapahoe County inmates with vegetarian meals for a
full day at no cost to the county.
more information, please visit PETA.org.
PETA’s letter to Arapaho County Sheriff Grayson
August 8, 2012
Sheriff Grayson RobinsonArapahoe County
Dear Sheriff Robinson,
On behalf of PETA's more than 3 million members and
supporters—including thousands across Colorado who were horrified by the
carnage in Aurora—I am writing about suspected murderer James Holmes. With all
due respect, we ask that you help make the world a less violent place by
providing him with exclusively vegetarian meals while he is in your custody.
The senseless killings that Holmes is charged with carrying
out have caused many of us to debate how gun control and mental-health care
might help prevent future outbreaks of such violence. Although many acts of
random and senseless violence occur that we can do nothing about, all of us can
help stop the routine slaughter of animals—all we have to do is stop eating
them. On factory farms, living, feeling beings—who experience pain and fear
just as we do—are regularly castrated, debeaked, and dehorned without
painkillers. They are transported to slaughterhouses in all weather extremes,
with many collapsing from heat exhaustion in hot weather and some freezing to
the sides of the trucks in cold weather. At the slaughterhouse, they are hung
upside down, and their throats are slit, often while they are still conscious.
Nonviolence can start on our plates. There are other
benefits, too: Vegetarian meals are easy to prepare and typically less
expensive than meat-based meals. We would be happy to help you set up
institutional meat-free meal plans and also to give, at no cost to Arapahoe
County, vegetarian meals to all your inmates on a day of your choosing.
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing
Very truly yours,
Ingrid E. NewkirkPresidentPETA
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