Sheriff Joe Arpaio recently announced that all jails in Mariposa County, Arizona, will now serve 100 percent meat-free meals.
Joe Arpaio may not be the favorite sheriff of liberal activists in Arizona, but he’s implementing progressive change that is expected to benefit many in a variety of ways. Arpaio recently announced that all jails in Mariposa County will now serve 100 percent meat-free meals, and he expects this menu change to save taxpayers $100,000.
Sheriff Joe told Fox 10 in Phoenix, “Little by little, this is the first step to going vegetarian. There will be no more meat on the menu.” Joe expects the full transition from meat to protein-packed soy-based meals to take a few months.
While the outspoken sheriff is clear about the fact that this change was made strictly as a cost-saving measure, he has publicly spoken out against the cruel, intensive confinement of farmed animals. It was in 2006 that he lent his support to a successful Arizona ballot initiative measure, Proposition 204, which, as of this year, effectively bans the use of veal and gestation crates throughout the state.
Regardless of the criticism his character draws, this move will have other advantages for inmates receiving the food. The American Dietetic Association claims that vegetarians tend to have a lower body mass index, lower overall cancer rates, lower blood pressure, and a lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease. Other studies have also shown that plant-based diets lower Copper levels, which elevated amounts are related to aggression and acts of violence.
Perhaps after being released from jail, those previously condemned will at least find themselves a little lighter, happier, and healthier.