People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has written a letter to the warden of Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla asking that a condition be part of Omaima Aree Nelson's parole, should the state board grant the model-turned-cannibal wife's request today.
See if you can figure out what that condition entails before I reveal it after the jump . . .
For the second time since 2006, Nelson is seeking parole from the state prison system that has been holding her since she was convicted in 1991 of killing her husband in his Costa Mesa apartment and cooking and eating parts of his body.
The animal rights group is "requesting that the parole board make a flesh-free, vegan diet a permanent requirement of Nelson's parole, should it be granted," reads a statement from the Norfolk, Virginia-based organization.
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"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," PETA president Ingrid E. Newkirk explains. "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."
Her organization's letter to warden Lydia Hense follows on the next page . . .
October 4, 2011
Lydia Hense, Warden
Central California Women's Facility (CCWF)
23370 Road 22
Chowchilla, CA 93610
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 prepare.
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