This morning, PETA sent a letter to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility Superintendent Nancy Howton urging her to provide only vegetarian meals to confessed murderer Tremayne Durham.
Durham received a meal of KFC chicken and other fast food in exchange for a guilty plea in the murder of Adam Calbreath, an employee of a company that sold Durham an ice cream truck.
PETA thinks the punishment should fit the crime: While he is in prison, Durham should be prevented from contributing to any more suffering and death — including the kind associated with eating meat and dairy products.
"Multnomah County should throw the book — not the bucket — at Tremayne Durham," says PETA Vice President Bruce Friedrich. "He might enjoy eating chickens, but they don't enjoy being killed. Now's a good time to put him on the path to non-violence, starting with his morning meal."
This is not a joke.
Dear Ms. Howton:
On behalf of PETA and our more than 2 million members and supporters—including many Oregonians—I am writing about the recent court decision to give Tremayne Durham fried chicken from KFC in exchange for a guilty plea. We understand the desire for a quick resolution to this horrific case, but we ask that you deny Durham the opportunity to participate in further violence by putting him on a vegetarian diet for the duration of his incarceration.
Millions of senseless killings such as the one committed by Durham are carried out every day for nothing more than a fleeting taste for flesh. In slaughterhouses, chickens and turkeys routinely have their throats cut while they are still conscious, and many live birds are dragged through scalding-hot water in defeathering tanks. Fish are suffocated or cut open while they are still alive. Many pigs and cows are hacked to death while other terrified animals look on. To make matters worse, KFC's suppliers havÜe an egregious record of cruelty to animals. For example, workers at one KFC "Supplier of the Year" slaughterhouse were documented tearing off live birds' heads, spitting tobacco into their eyes, spray-painting their faces, and slamming them against walls.
Like humans, animals are made of flesh, blood, and bone. They have the same five senses that we do, and they have the same capacity to experience suffering and fear. And all animals share the desire to live their lives free of pain and to avoid a violent death.
Feeding prisoners corn chowder rather than chicken will go a long way toward ending the cycle of violence. You can help prevent Durham from contributing to any more suffering and death by mandating that he be placed on a healthy, humane vegetarian diet.
Executive Vice President