Model and actress Pamela Anderson, working in conjunction with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), is attempting to get Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to begin serving entirely vegan meals at prisons across the state. The move, according to Anderson, would save the state hundreds of thousands of much-needed dollars in a time when the state is in the middle of a $940 million deficit.
According to Anderson, who has agreed to cook and serve a vegan lunch to inmates herself if Edwards agrees to the plan, would save the state over $620,000 annually. This estimate is based on a vegetarian diet an Arizona county jail put into place recently, which them $273,000 in the first year.
“Beans, rice, lentils, pasta, potatoes and other vegetables, and oranges and other fruits have all the nutrients a person needs but at a fraction of the price of meats and cheeses,” Anderson said in a letter to Edwards. “There would also be enormous savings on freezer costs and spoilage since most vegan foods and ingredients can be shipped and stored without refrigeration.”
In addition to acting, Anderson has been a longtime advocate of animal rights, and has worked with PETA for years.