Prisons' pork decision angers Ohio pig farmers

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s pork farmers and processors are vowing to fight the state’s decision to remove pork from prison menus in response to a lawsuit by Muslim inmates.

Dick Isler, executive director of the Ohio Pork Producers Council, says the news is especially disappointing because his group fought to have pork placed back on the menu in 2009.

The state eliminated pork even though the inmates’ lawsuit involves the preparation of nonpork meats such as beef, according to Islamic law.

JoEllen Smith, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, said today that removing pork eliminates the possibility of pork coming into contact with other foods during preparation.

The Ohio Justice and Policy Center, which is suing on behalf of two inmates, says the decision won’t stop the lawsuit.

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