Eric's demands from the Sacramento
County Mail Jain
Eric McDavid is requesting that the Sacramento County
Main Jail provide him and future vegan prisoners with a healthy diet
that does not consist of animal products and byproducts. This healthy
diet will be provided to individuals requesting it due to their moral,
ethical and religious needs.
Eric’s request should not be difficult to accommodate,
as he has been provided vegan meals in the past.* A sample of an acceptable
meal plan for a day is listed below.
Breakfast: plain oatmeal or cornmeal (no butter
or milk), available fruit side, potatoes or rice (when available),
one piece of fresh fruit
Lunch: two full pieces of celery (enough peanut butter to fill each),
two pieces of fresh fruit
Dinner: Beans and rice (at least 3x a week), salad with oil and
vinegar the remaining nights, available fruit side, available cooked
vegetable side, 1/2 fresh tomato, side of fresh vegetable (carrot,
All of these things were provided to Eric on his
* Other jails and prisons routinely provide prisoners with vegan diets,
including many California county jails (such as San Francisco, Marin,
and San Mateo counties). The San Francisco jail changed its policy
in 1999 after a letter writing campaign on behalf of a vegan inmate.
Sheriff Michael Hennessey was quoted in the press as saying, “I’ve
got to admit my own ignorance about vegetarianism and the depth of
commitment that people have to this… From what I’ve since
learned, I’m convinced that their beliefs are sincere and they’re
not trying to manipulate the system.” Florida prisons use vegan
diets to meet the needs of a variety of religious and special diets
for prisoners, as a way to satisfy everything from halal to kosher
to Seventh Day Adventist.