BOUNTIFUL, Utah (ABC4) – An animal rights organization is calling for a Utah man accused of shooting at his father because he brought home the wrong variety of chicken wings to be fed only vegan meals while in jail.
In late October, 30-year-old Alika Suliafu was arrested by Bountiful Police for attempted murder and felony discharge of a firearm after shooting at his dad. Luckily, Suliafu’s father ducked down and the bullet missed the man, instead of hitting the neighbor’s dishwasher.
Now, PETA’s executive vice president is encouraging law enforcement to only feed Suliafu vegan meals as a “first step toward promoting compassion.”
“Suliafu could have killed his father over receiving a chicken wing order he didn’t like—vegan foods could diminish that bloodthirst and might even help protect staff and neighboring inmates,” Tracy Reiman says in a letter to Davis County Sheriff Kelly Sparks. Reiman goes on to explain vegan foods would be beneficial to Suliafu’s health, save taxpayer dollars, and end a cycle of violence.
This isn’t the first time PETA has requested vegan meals for inmates. In July, PETA asked the warden of the New Hampshire Prison for Men to feed a man convicted of starting a chicken shed on fire and killing the birds inside to have strictly plant-based meals. Last fall, PETA made the same request for an Indiana man convicted of murdering and cannibalizing his girlfriend.
The Davis County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement to ABC4 regarding the matter:
“The Davis County Sheriff’s Office was made aware by the media of a letter submitted by PETA to the Davis County Sheriff. At the time of writing, The Davis County Sheriffs has not received a copy of this letter, and cannot comment specifically about any cases relating to inmates.
However, to request that the Sheriff and the Davis County Jail use food or diet as a means of punishment is inappropriate and will not be entertained.
The Davis County Jail employs a food service provider that develops menus that provide proper nutrition and calories for all inmates. In accordance with state and federal laws, requests for special medical and religious dietary needs are provided when possible. Other dietary restrictions would only be implemented in accordance with a court order signed by a judge.
We are committed to providing individuals in our care and custody careful oversight, with the ethical treatment of all, a top priority.”