Posted by rafael at 12/12/2007
PETA does it again!
So can we now please have a HappyCow section on where it is best to commit crimes / get arrested? (I am joking Guys).
Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Prisons!
When we announced our top 10 vegetarian-friendly ballparks, part of the idea was to encourage more people to check out a game or two at those stadiums and sample their vegetarian fare. Same sort of deal with our top 10 colleges—one effect of publicizing their veg-friendly cafeterias was that more people would want to go there. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that if this latest top 10 list gets you all amped about the prospect of going to one of these prisons, you may want to set some slightly more ambitious goals for yourself … but for the people who—through bad luck or poor planning—are on their way there, this will come as some very good news.
We get calls all the time from inmates who want to make a positive change in their lives by going vegetarian, and in the course of responding to these individuals, we've assembled the following list of the top 10 vegetarian-friendly prisons in the United States as a tidbit for curious citizens, a resource for prisoners' rights groups, and, well, a menu for future inmates. Whichever category you fall into, I hope you enjoy it.
Go here to read Newsweek's coverage of the story
, and check out the top 10 below:
Idaho offers a lentil shepherd's pie, vegan pizza, vegan Mexican pie, soy patties, soy sausage, veggie loaf, veggie lasagna, veggie meatballs, vegan hot cakes, vegan biscuits, cookies, cakes, pies, and puddings.
Massachusetts offers meatless chicken macaroni casserole, vegetable bologna, veggie burger, veggie meatballs, meatless chicken cutlet, meatless chicken nuggets, vegetable chop suey, vegetarian chicken stew.
Pennsylvania offers tofu cacciatore, soy BBQ, tofu stir fry, veggie burger, soy Salisbury steak, soy meatballs, tofu scramble, soy croquette, soy sausage patties, soy loaf, soy pasta casserole, soy stuffed cabbage and soy stew.
Georgia offers vegan BBQ, meatless deli slices, veggie patty, vegan breakfast patties, vegan chili, baked macaroni crumble, stir fried vegetables and oriental sauce, tofu scramble, vegan cornbread, vegan cookies, vegan cakes, vegan pies, vegan brownies, vegan muffins, vegan peach cobbler.
New Hampshire offers chili with texturized vegetable protein, chop suey with texturized vegetable protein, shepherd's pie with texturized vegetable protein, veggie links, lentil meatballs, grilled tofu sandwich, vegetarian pot pie, veg stir fry, hummus, veg tacos, veg chow mein, veg stew, and several veg soups.
Utah offers sweet and sour tofu, tofu taco rice casserole, vegetable and tofu chow mein, veggie burgers, veggie dogs, veggie meatballs, tofu ala king, lots of tofu dishes.
Hawaii offers vegetarian shepherd's pie with texturized vegetable protein, vegetarian stuffed cabbage with texturized vegetable protein, vegetarian stew with texturized vegetable protein, grilled tofu slices, vegetarian teriyaki burger, vegetarian long rice with tofu.
Tennessee offers texturized vegetable protein ala king, vegetarian sweet and sour, veggie burger, veg chili, veg stir fry, texturized vegetable protein country gravy.
Kansas offers a veggie burger, taco crunch, burrito, meatless pasta, meatless chili, loaded baked potato, vegetable rice soup.
North Dakota offers a veggie burger, meatless sloppy joes, veg fajitas, veg noodle stew, veg potato soup.
A pig farmer was just convicted of being a mass murderer.
Serious meat eaters scare me.
I posted a blog about a vivisection case recently, and this is a comment I received back on it [below]. It scared me that I knew someone who thinks like this. We're still in debate right now, but I want to share his comment with you:
"Plus if people don't want to think about how animals do get used as lab stand ins for humans, or studied to understand how they work, well then don't."
Pretty scary, and to think, there are SEVERAL people who think this way.
[Just so you know, I did comment back to his asinine oblivious comments]
and there are so many more links if anyone is interested in more info
Eric McDavid - Vegan Food Victory!
by Sacramento Prisoner Support
Saturday Dec 15th, 2007 3:13 PM
Sacramento County Main Jail says they are changing policy...
On Thursday, during an interview with his lawyer and probation officer for his Pre-Sentencing Report, Eric was visited by jail commander Scott Jones. Jones informed Eric that, effective immediately, Eric would begin receiving two veggie burgers every night for dinner (thus far he has only been receiving one). His breakfast and lunch situation will remain the same - he will continue to eat what he can from the trays they bring him. This arrangement will continue until the jail fully implements its new policy of providing vegan food to prisoners who request it! We are still figuring out the details and time-lines, but this is a HUGE victory for Eric and all of you who helped make this happen - as well as for future vegan prisoners. Eric would like to thank all of you for your support and hard work - he could not have done this without you. Again, we will send out more details as they become available.
Also, please remember that Eric's sentencing is scheduled for January 24. Please consider writing a letter to the judge to urge the lowest possible sentence for Eric. The US Attorney is still indicating that they will be pushing for the maximum sentence of 20 years. The judge needs to hear from Eric's friends and family – he needs to know that Eric is a well-respected, honest, compassionate, non-violent person. It is important for Judge England to know that the acts charged in the indictment are out of character for Eric. Some things you might mention in your letter include:
(1)How long you have known Eric
(2)How you met him and how you know him (i.e. school, work, mutual friends, etc.)
(3)Any experiences you have had with Eric that demonstrate what you think are important aspects of his character
Address your letter to:
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California-Sacramento
501 "I" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Please DO NOT send your letter directly to Judge England. Instead, please send them directly to Eric's lawyer:
555 Capitol Mall, 6th Floor - Suite 600
Sacramento, CA 95814
Please mail your letter with your original signature as soon as possible. Again, letters should be sent to Eric's lawyer, Mark Reichel, and not to the judge.
Thank you all for your hard work and support!