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.
“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:
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.
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
Special Projects Coordinator
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