The Obama administration wants Americans to believe federal prisoners are so unlike the rest of the world they even hate bacon.
The federal Bureau of Prisons is removing pork products from its menu. The decision will affect 200,000 inmates.
Edmond Ross, a spokesman for the prison bureau, said the decision was made because pork has been “the lowest-rated food” by inmates for several years, the Washington Post reported Oct. 9.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, cheered the move, but said it was not involved decision-making process.
“It helps with the religious accommodation of Muslim and Jewish inmates who don’t eat pork. We’ve never requested that the Bureau of Prisons remove pork from all of its menus. We would have no reason to,” CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told Fox News on Tuesday.
The National Pork Producers Council released a statement to network saying it was skeptical of the Obama administration’s argument that most prisoner’s want nothing to do with pork.
“We 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,” the statement read.
Fox reported that precedent for removing pork products from inmates’ diet does exist at a jail in Tarrant County, Texas. The facility, however, did so years ago to ensure medical and religious beliefs were not violated.
“We’re going to find out how this came about and go from there,” Dave Warner, a spokesman for the National Pork Producers Council, told the Washington Post Oct. 9.