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PETA: Give inmate accused of cannibalism a vegan diet

Saying that it will "diminish [his] bloodlust," PETA is asking an Indiana sheriff to serve a vegan diet to a man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend and eating part of her brain.

The animal rights organization sent this request for inmate Joseph Oberhansley via a letter to Clark County's acting Sheriff Brian Meyer, Reuters reports. Oberhansley stands accused of breaking into the home of his former girlfriend, Tammy Jo Blanton, in early September, killing her, and eating part of her body.

Lindsay Rajt, PETA's associate director of campaigns, said that correctional facilities that serve vegetarian meals see a decrease in violence among inmates. She says that if Oberhansley receives a vegan diet, it "might even help protect staff and neighboring inmates."