The Akron Beacon Journal reports that a real estate agent with a listing for the former home of Jeffrey Dahmer in Bath Township, Ohio, is in receipt of a letter from Ingrid E. Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, proposing the conversion.
“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.”
But there is a snag to PETA’s plan. The three-bedroom house, which is the site of Dahmer’s first murder, is zoned for single-family residential use.
Bill Funk, the township’s zoning inspector and administrator, said the building and lot are poorly suited for a restaurant. He noted that the house has well water and a septic system, and the sloped, wooded lot would make parking difficult.
PETA has said it would rather fight than switch. Lindsay Rajt, a spokeswoman, allowed as how the animal-rights group already has a marketing plan in place. The restaurant would be called Eat For Life: Home Cooking. Main courses, which sell for $10 or less, include chipotle barbecue tofu kebabs and vegan creamy “chicken” casserole (made from mock chicken and dairy-free sour cream).
Lubinski said he wasn’t sure whether PETA was serious about the offer or just looking for publicity. But “I’m certainly going to treat it as a serious lead at this point,” he said.
The 2,170-square-foot, midcentury modern house has been on and off the market since 2012.
The endeavor, whether or not it becomes a reality, is not PETA’s first statement about cannibalism. In 2012, the group recommended that a prison housing Tyree Lincoln Smith place the man on a meat-free diet. Smith was in jail for having hacked a Connecticut man to death, then eaten his brain and eye.
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