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PETA's Latest Publicity Stunt: Turning Jeffrey Dahmer's Boyhood Home Into a Vegan Restaurant

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The Beacon Journal reports:

Ingrid E. Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, sent a letter dated Friday to the realty agent who has listed the Bath Township house for sale. In the letter, she asked about the listing and proposed making the house a vegan restaurant “to respond to the past with something positive.”

Newkirk likened the way animals are slaughtered, processed and consumed to the way Dahmer treated his victims.

“We are always looking for ways to draw attention to the violence inherent in the production of meat, eggs, and milk — which involve processes that would shock all but the most hard-hearted person,” Newkirk wrote in the letter to Richard Lubinski of Stouffer Realty. “Dahmer’s old house gives us a way to evoke sympathy for these victims and to suggest that a life-affirming diet can change everything.”

Because who doesn’t want to enjoy a satisfying vegan meal while contemplating that a notorious serial killer murdered and dismembered a young man just inches away from the elegant baby beets with tofu and crispy shallots you’re gnawing on?

PETA thinks such a restaurant, situated on the scenic 1.5 acre wooded lot where Dahmer scattered the remains of his first victim, 19-year old hitchhiker Steven Hicks, could be a “celebration of culinary compassion.”

And PETA wants you to understand that the steak you’ll have for dinner tonight is exactly the same as the human victims that Dahmer tortured, murdered, mutilated, dismembered and ate:

Like Dahmer’s human victims, cows, pigs, and chickens are made of flesh and blood and fear for their lives when confronted by a man with a knife. They are also drugged and dragged, and their limbs are bound. Their struggles and screams are ignored as they are killed and cut up to be consumed. Their bones are thrown away like garbage.

The Bath Township zoning inspector said the wooded, sloped property with a well and septic system is zoned for residential use and not well-suited for a restaurant. Bath Township, a picturesque town located about 45 minutes south of Cleveland, has a median family income of $98,712, making it one of the most affluent locations in the state (LeBron James, whose sprawling 30,000 sq. ft. mansion is less than three miles from Dahmer’s former home, may have something to do with that average). Musician Chris Butler has owned the 3-bedroom, 3-bath former Dahmer home, which is currently listed at $295,000, since 2005.

Jeffrey Dahmer was bludgeoned to death while serving fifteen consecutive life terms in a Wisconsin prison, one for each killing he confessed to in that state.

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