PETA recommended to an Indiana county sheriff that cannibal killer Joseph Oberhansley be placed on a vegan diet. He’s currently serving a jail sentence for breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home, murdering her, and then eating parts of her body. When the sheriff received the letter from PETA advising a vegan diet, he thought it must have been some kind of joke.
Well, that’s because it was a joke. PETA is a joke.
Here’s their letter:
“On behalf of PETA and our more than 3 million members and supporters, including thousands across Indiana, I am writing to suggest, with all due respect, that you help alleged killer and cannibal Joseph Oberhansley swear off flesh by providing him with exclusively vegan meals while he is in your custody.
Some prison operators — including those at Alabama’s highest-security prison, William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility — have found that switching inmates to vegetarian meals can be a successful part of a violence-reduction program. If Oberhansley did, in fact, kill Tammy Blanton and eat parts of her body, opting to feed him only vegan foods could diminish that bloodlust and might even help protect staff and neighboring inmates. In fact, a meat-free meal plan could benefit all your inmates if you’d like to explore it.
Every vegan meal served at your facility would save animals from coming to a gruesome end. Chickens, cows, and pigs have their throats slit, often while they are still conscious, and their bodies are then dismembered and cut into pieces.
Vegan meals are healthy and easy to prepare, and they can be less expensive than meat-based dishes. Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., estimates that he will save $100,000 by eliminating meat from inmate meals and feeding them healthier and cheaper soy protein instead. PETA would be happy to help you design the perfect cruelty-free meal plan for the Clark County Jail.
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.”
USA Today reported:
But Meyer told Louisville TV station WHAS that he thought the letter was “a cruel joke.” He said, “When I realized it was real, my first thought was to not even respond because it’s ridiculous.
“I can’t believe they would be so insensitive to the victim and her family.”
PETA said it saw things in a different light.
“We really want to take a situation that’s a tragedy and make it into something positive – to reduce the total violence in the world,” PETA spokesman Kent Montville told the News & Tribune.
Meyer, though, was having nothing to do with that argument.
“It’s bad enough when you lose someone to natural causes, let alone dealing with a loss this violent,” he told WHAS. “That they (PETA) would do this is unfathomable to me. It’s insult added to injury. It’s unforgivable and they’ve lost all credibility with me.”
Montville, however, said that the letter was meant as a good-faith effort to reduce jail costs and violence among inmates, and that everyone was “rightfully horrified” by Oberhansley’s alleged actions.
“But we have to remember that every time we sit down to eat a meal with meat we’re also eating someone’s body,” Montville added.
All PETA does is provide a place for liberal celebrities to park some of their money and to provide an image for those celebrities that makes them look like kind, caring people. That image, no matter how untrue in reality, is vitally important to rich celebrities. They know that everyone else knows that they’re filthy rich. And the rich are often stigmatized as being greedy, spoiled and uncaring. That’s just the way it is.
So, they counteract those stereotypes by practically announcing to the world how much money they donate to this animal organization or that environmental organization. They give in order to elicit this reaction from their audience: “Oh, he cares for animals. He must be a kind and gentle soul. Despite all his money, he’s really a good person at heart.” Or: “He cares for the environment. He’s so passionate about providing a clean planet for the poor and unfortunate to live in. Just look at how much money he’s donated. He must really care about people and not about money.”
So, PETA is one of those organizations. They do not care one bit about animals (or people). And neither do most celebrities. It’s all about image projection.
But PETA is such a joke. Even if I were a rich celebrity desperate for good publicity, PETA would be one of the last places (there are actually lots of last places) I’d look in order to project a positive image for myself. Supporting PETA projects a completely negative image.