Have you ever heard of an
artichoke fish? Neither has Howard Cosby, who is currently incarcerated at the
Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center in Uncasville, Connecticut. A practicing
Buddhist, Cosby has repeatedly asked to be provided with vegetarian meals in
accordance with his nonviolent religious beliefs. The prison has accommodated
him—sort of. It provides him with vegetarian meals, except for three times a
week, when he is served fish. When Cosby objected, he was told that the prison
does not believe that fish flesh is meat.

 

This week, PETA wrote to the
prison in Cosby’s behalf, pointing out that a) fish are not vegetables, as most of us
learned in high school biology class, and that b) there is ample legal
precedent for granting prisoners the right to vegan and vegetarian meals under
the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which prohibits
correctional facilities from imposing substantial burdens on inmates’ religious
exercise.

In one such case, the judge
chided prison officials for their refusal to provide an inmate with vegan
meals, saying, “[W]hy
make a federal case out of it? … [W]hat the State did here, digging in its
heels and saying no, seems quite unreasonable to me.”

So, what do you say, warden? How
about replacing the mystery meat with a heaping helping of veggie lasagne or chili non carne?

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Article source: PETA Files

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