OTTAWA — Actress Pamela Anderson is asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take meat and milk off prison menus to help the planet and the health of federal inmates — and save taxpayers some cash, to boot.
The former Baywatch star makes the pitch in a letter to Trudeau part of her work with the animal-rights group PETA, writing that she hopes Canada embraces what she calls a “simple but effective way to reduce costs and improve lives.”
She wants Canada’s federal penitentiaries to serve vegan meals of beans, rice, lentils, pasta, vegetables and fruits, which she bills as sources of all the nutrients one would need, “at a fraction of the cost of meats and cheeses,” since most vegan ingredients don’t need to be refrigerated.
In its most recent departmental plan, Correctional Service Canada says it provides nutrition “sufficient in quality and quantity” and in line with the Canada Food Guide.
Anderson says the newly retooled food guide put less of an emphasis on eating meat and dairy, instead suggesting more plant-based proteins in Canadians’ diets.
Her letter also points out a UN climate panel report calling for a dietary shift to help combat climate change — another interest for the actress who backed the Greens and their leader Elizabeth May in the just-concluded federal election.
Four years ago, Anderson travelled to Arizona to serve vegetarian meals to the approximately 8,000 inmates at the Maricopa County Jail alongside Joe Arpaio, the controversial local sheriff who made the decision. Arpaio estimated the move would save US$100,000 a year.
Anderson says the jail reduced costs by $273,000 when it switched to vegetarian meals, although reported savings vary widely.
She says the savings could be even higher for Canada’s almost 40,000 inmates — a number that includes inmates in provincial jails, which fall outside federal jurisdiction.
A report in May from Statistics Canada said that in the fiscal year 2017-18, there were on average 24,657 adult inmates in provincial or territorial jails, while the federal portion was 14,129.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 31, 2019.
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Take her Botox and silicone injections away and see how she likes that.
Pamela Anderson mind your business.
This is probably the strangest headline i have read in awhile.
How about dry bread and water for all inmates? They obviously eat better than the average Canadian currently.
Heather Clouston 3 squares a day plus snacks…lol
Aaron Morin maybe a baby carrot for a snack, once a week. That would be a special day.
Heather Clouston I love how people without a clue have such stupid comments.
Dan McDonald you’re right. I have no clue of what is currently served in prison. Nor will I ever, thank goodness! But I can almost guarantee that they eat 3 square meals a day, unlike a lot of homeless veterans and Canadian citizens.
Heather Clouston yes three lousy meals. I support veterans aswell. Meals are available if you use the resources available. I have eaten at the local shelter and the food is really good. We have more homeless in Cambridge per capita than most Canadian cities because of drug addiction.
How about actually addressing climate change before it devastates our economy?
Abby Obenchain Stop drinking the Kool aid
Make them grow their own crop and beef. If they want to eat.
WHY SO TRUDEAU CAN HAVE MORE OF OUR MONEY TO SPEND ON IS HOLIDAYS ,, AND GIVE TO IS FRIENDS , CRAZY ,, YES
little early to be drinking
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