Twenty-four billion pounds of pork are produced every year by the American pork industry, for those who love their bacon, pork chops, ham and tenderloin. However, those who profit off of the pork industry are outraged over a recent decision by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to ban “The Other White Meat” from the menus of the nation’s federal prisons, according to the Washington Post.
The decision to decline the swine has nothing to do with the religious practices of Muslim and Jewish prisoners, according to BOP officials. Surveys indicate that the majority of the 206,000 federal inmates in 122 penitentiaries simply don’t like pork, and would prefer other options. Prison bureau spokesman Edmond Ross said, “Why keep pushing food that people don’t want to eat? Pork has been the lowest-rated food by inmates for several years.” Pork has also proven to be a more costly expense than the government desires.
The pork industry plans to hit back and reverse the decision. “I find it hard to believe that a survey would have found a majority of any population saying, ‘No thanks, I don’t want any bacon,’” said Dave Warner, a National Pork Producers spokesman.
Journalist and Don Diva contributor Seth Ferranti weighed in on the situation for the NY Daily News, having served federal time. According to him, the ban is no big deal. “They haven’t had pork in regular rotation in the Feds forever. I could never get bacon or sausage,” said Ferranti. “I don’t think anyone will care because there was so little of it to begin with. The people that don’t eat pork for religious reasons might see it as some type of victory and the dudes that liked pork chops or ham will be complaining, but overall it will probably be no big deal.”
Pork products, such as pork rinds and microwavable bacon will still be available for purchase in the prison commissaries.