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The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is asking JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon if the bank would donate Simpson’s five-bedroom house in Kendall, Fl. (pictured) for a nominal sum. The house is being foreclosed on by the bank.
According to PETA, the museum would supposedly teach visitors that “nonviolence begins on our plates.”
CNN Money reports that PETA chose Simpson’s home because he was outspoken about his consumption of meat. PETA also targeted Simpson because he was a spokesman for a chicken restaurant chain, owned two restaurants and held a stake in Honey Baked Ham stores.
Simpson is currently serving the 33-year-sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping after he and several armed accomplices attempted to retrieve memorabilia that Simpson claimed belonged to him.
PETA is not new to grabbing headlines. They claimed that meat eaters were “Jeffrey Dahmers” and that “to animals, all people are Nazis.”
PETA is targeting Simpson because he has owned restaurants and stores that sell chicken and ham, the group's president, Ingrid Newkirk, wrote in the letter.
The proposed museum would have "educational displays" on animals, samples of vegeterian foods and free t-shirts for younger visitors that read "Animals Are Friends, Not Food."
“Our museum will contain exhibits that give visitors a sense of the terror that animals used for food experience," said Newkirk. "Rather than let this house sit vacant, let’s make it a center for nonviolence."
Simpson bought the four-bedroom, four-bathroom home for $575,000 in 2000 and took out a $592,000 mortgage, according to property records. He later fell behind on mortgage payments as he dealt with a $33.5 million judgment related to the death of Ronald Goldman. The home's 2010 assessed value was $478,401, and JPMorgan Chase filed to foreclose on the home last fall.
If the bank refuses to donate the building, PETA might consider enlisting financial help from another source -- a move that has some precedent. In 2010, Bob Barker donated $2.5 million to fund PETA's new office in Los Angeles.