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Pamela Anderson feeds prisoners vegetarian food

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson

Baywatch star Pamela Anderson fed Arizona prisoners a meat-free lunch on Wednesday and they appeared to like it. Anderson visited the Maricopa County Jail at the invitation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who took meat off jailhouse menus in September 2013 as we previously reported. The vegetarian policy has saved the county at least $200,000 a year, the sheriff’s office estimates.

“I believe people can be rehabilitated from the inside out,” Pamela said in a statement. “Jails are full of people wanting to change, to make amends, to learn healthier habits and understand compassion and empathy.”

“I don’t know why every other jail and prison wouldn’t want to copy what we’ve accomplished here,” Arpaio said. “It works on every level: financially for the taxpayer, healthwise for the inmate.” His inmates’ meals, Arpaio said, “are both nutritious and well balanced, and lower in cost than you’ll find in any other jail anywhere.”

The road to a vegetarian diet sometimes follows an unusual route. In this case it started out as measure instituted by a controversial Sheriff to make a harsh environment for inmates. Then it was to save money on the food, and later on the healthcare costs of the prisoners. And now, finally, the Sheriff himself. The 82 year old Arpaio started his own vegetarian diet on Wednesday.

The benefits of a vegetarian diet go beyond health in a prison setting. Several studies have now linked better nutrition to behavioral improvements as well. Let’s hope the veg-in-prison trend continues.

Ed Begley – a Meat-Free Environmentalist

Ed BegleyEdward James “Ed” Begley, Jr. is an actor and environmentalist. Begley has appeared in hundreds of films, television shows, and stage performances. He is best known for his role as Dr. Victor Ehrlich, on the television series St. Elsewhere.

For environmentalist Ed Begley, the reasons for being a vegetarian are simple and clear. Begley ditched meat and says, “It simply takes more land, more water and more energy to grow a pound of beef than it does a pound of broccoli or grain.” That certainly is true. Raising animals, feeding them the plants that we could consume, and cutting down forests in order to graze cattle, makes animal agriculture an unsustainable way to feed an ever-growing population.

But it’s not just the environmental impact that inspires Ed to stay meat-free. He goes on to say, “Nowadays cattle and hogs and chickens are kept in very confined conditions too, so it’s not something I want for the animals or for myself.” Begley sure knows a thing or two about standing up for what he believes in. He’s been living a green lifestyle since the 70′s.