Former football player O.J. Simpson is no stranger to trouble. Everyone is familiar with his infamous 1995 murder trial and acquittal, as well as his subsequent imprisonment for a 2007 robbery conviction. Now it seems that his Miami mansion is heading into foreclosure — not so strange, considering his incarceration — but here’s where things get interesting.
Animal-rights group PETA wants to buy the home and turn it into a vegetarian, “Meat is Murder” museum.
According to PETA president Ingrid Newkirk, ”Our museum will remind visitors that violence may not always be preventable but that it sometimes can be prevented and that non-violence begins on our plates. For instance, many wonderful flesh-and-blood individuals, who feel pain and fear as acutely as humans do and who value their lives in much the same way, are knifed to death every day for nothing more than a fleeting taste of flesh. In slaughterhouses, chickens and turkeys have their throats slit, and frightened pigs and cattle are hung up by one leg, skinned, and dismembered.”
So why is PETA singling out Simpson in particular? Well, it has to do with his troubled background, but not in the way you might think. Newkirk says that ”Simpson…was once a spokesperson for and a franchise owner of two chicken restaurants, and he held a 50 percent ownership in eight HoneyBaked Ham stores.”
Newkirk has asked JP Morgan Chase (the bank that owns the property) to donate the mansion to PETA, or at least consider selling it for a “nominal sum.”
Simpson purchased the 4-bed, 4-bath home for $575,000 in 2000. Let’s hope PETA can get a better deal than that.