Obesity Can Lengthen Life Span?

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Richard Cooey
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Richard Cooey

Well, life sentence, maybe. Richard Cooey, a 267-pound inmate on death row in Ohio, claims he’s just too big to die, dang it. Cooey says he deserves a second stay of execution, this time arguing that his size and small veins will render the paralytic—part of the lethal-injection drug cocktail—only partially effective, causing him unnecessary suffering. Since Cooey is claiming that he’s gained so much weight because of all the fattening prison food, we think the obvious move is to switch to a slimming, healthy vegetarian diet to avoid similar predicaments in the future. We went ahead and asked the prison to do just that.

Serving vegetarian meals would not only save money on inmate health costs, it would also prevent murderers and criminals from being involved in more senseless killing. There has even been evidence to suggest that serving inmates vegetarian meals helps reduce prison violence. Now this is just a win-win situation for everybody!

Whether you’re pro– or anti–death penalty, don’t we all agree that innocent creatures don’t deserve to die at the hands of another? (Hmm … maybe we don’t, but we should!) Now, I don’t know if our pal Richard Cooey will opt for a vegetarian last meal, but I do know that we can help stay the execution of the millions of innocent animals who are currently on death row—condemned to dinner plates and hideous clothing.

Well, in the end, the courts have ruled that Cooey is full of hooey. He’s next up to be executed by the state of Ohio on October 14, but you can help end unnecessary suffering just by making different meal choices!

You can read our letter to the warden here.

Written by Missy Lane

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