PETA loves it some top-ten lists. They especially like to rank the veg-friendliness of places like colleges, ballparks or small towns. Places where you know the food is terrible but you want to be there anyway because maybe you have priorities besides dining. I find those lists pretty boring, but I’m sure they help PETA get written up in small town and college newspapers, so more power to them.
PETA’s newest ranking is a lot more interesting. Perhaps timed to coincide with Michael Vick’s being sentenced to 23 months in prison, they’ve announced the top-ten vegetarian-friendly state prison systems in America. When you’re deciding which state to get arrested in, check this list. Unlike college, you can’t go eat off-campus.
A lot of the food seems to be along the lines of “soy Salisbury steak,” “tofu ala king,” or “meatless sloppy joes,” so it’s still foodservice slop, just without the animals. It would be great if prisons always served healthy, wholesome foods, but like schools (which we use to keep people off the streets before they’re old enough for prison), the food is usually whatever was quickest, cheapest, and makes best use of excess government-subsidized foodstuffs. Luckily there’s lots of cheap soy courtesy of the Farm Bill.
If anyone can figure out why the states are ranked in the order they are, leave a comment. From looking at the info provided, I’d say Hawaii looks best, but they only come in at number 7.