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FILE - This Oct. 3, 2016, file photo, provided by the Martin County Sheriff's Office, shows Austin Harrouff. (Martin County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
FILE - This Oct. 3, 2016, file photo, provided by the Martin County Sheriff's Office, shows Austin Harrouff. (Martin County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

PETA wants a Florida man accused of eating a man's face to get only vegan meals in jail


Switching to vegan meals will keep blood off this man's plate, and that seems a useful thing to do.
Tracy Reiman, PETA executive VP

Austin Harrouff was accused of stabbing two people to death and eating parts of a man's face.

So PETA and requested on Friday that he only be given vegan mails while in jail, our partner at CBS 12 reports.

The bizarre case

Harrouff, 19, is accused of killing John Stevens and Michelle Karen Mishcon at their home in Tequesta, Fla., on Aug. 15, 2016. When the first deputy arrived, he saw Harrouff biting Stevens and spitting out his flesh. It took a stun gun and a K-9 to force Harrouff off Stevens and arrest him.

Later, Harrouff was scheduled to be interviewed on "The Dr. Phil Show," but the interview was canceled due to "new developments." Martin County Sheriff William Snyder denied any new developments.

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** FILE ** Dr. Phil McGraw arrives at the Museum of Television and Radio's annual gala in Beverly Hills, Calif., in this Oct. 30, 2006, file photo. McGraw has pulled the plug on plans for a one-hour show that was to examine Britney Spears' latest public meltdown. In a statement posted Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, on his Web site, McGraw said the 26-year-old pop star's situation was "too intense" for him to go forward with the show. He didn't say whether he planned to reschedule. Spears was hospitalized Thursday night after a child custody dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline resulted in an hours-long standoff with police. On Friday, a court commissioner gave sole physical and legal custody of 1-year-old Jayden James and 2-year-old Sean Preston to Federline. McGraw said he met with Spears for an hour Saturday before she left the hospital. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

Seriously? Dr. Phil?

Yes. Family members told CBS 12 the show pulled the episode out of respect for the families of the victims.

If Harrouff did, in fact, eat the flesh of a human, vegan foods could diminish that bloodthirstiness...
Tracy Reiman

OK, so why PETA?

PETA, who has long argued that animals are not food, argued that a vegan diet will be more cost-effective, since it will make Harrouff healthier, thus not costing taxpayers extra to take care of him.

Here's the full letter from PETA.

What about Harrouff?

Harrouff, a Florida State University student, was hospitalized for weeks after he was arrested.

Recently released documents show he told police "Help me. I ate something bad," when he was being taken into custody. When asked what it was, he said, "Humans." He also yelled "[expletive] Kill me, shoot me now, I deserve to die!" when deputies arrived.

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