The 205,723 federal inmates across the U.S. can say hello again to yummy bacon and ham. After ordering a ban on all pork products in federal prisons, the federal government reversed its sharia-compliant move to appease Muslims who not only won’t eat pork, they don’t even want to be in the same building with it…despite the fact that Muslims receive pork-free meals.
Free Beacon The federal government put pork roast back on the menu at federal prisons without explanation after a Republican lawmaker questioned claims that pig products were removed because of lack of interest and high costs.
According to the Washington Post, the move came after Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) penned a letter to Bureau of Prisons Director Charles E. Samuels, Jr, inquiring about the government’s decision to ban bacon, pork chops, ham, and all other pork products from the menus at its 122 federal prisons.
The Bureau of Prisons announced the decision earlier this month when the ban went into effect at the start of fiscal year 2016. According to the bureau, the increasing price of pork products and an alleged survey demonstrating that inmates don’t like the taste of pork justified the removal.
Grassley demanded evidence backing up the decision.
“To corroborate the validity of the claim that prisoners indicated a lack of interest in pork products, I am requesting copies of the prisoner surveys and responses that were used to support the determination to no longer serve pork in federal prisons,” the GOP senator, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee that oversees federal prisons, wrote. None were forthcoming.
“Please provide any economic evaluations the Bureau of Prisons has relied on that detail the cost of pork as compared to beef, chicken, and non-meat products such as tofu and soy products.”
Grassley voiced concern that the decision would negatively impact Americans who work in the pork industry, not to mention all the prisoners who love pork products.
Edmond Ross, spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons, efused to explain the quick change to the policy that put pork roast back on the menu Thursday. “I’m not cleared to say anything and I don’t have answers for you,” the bureau spokesman said.
The National Pork Producers Council, the trade association representing U.S. hog farmers, questioned the alleged survey last week and threatened not to “rule out any options to reverse this.”