Metal guitarist goes on hunger strike

He wants to be vegan prisoner

Ira Black

Lizzy Borden guitarist Ira Black, who has previously played with Metal Church and Heathen, has gone on a hunger strike at Los Angeles County Jail. He claims that his veganism is not being recognised by the facility as "valid and sincere".

Ira was taken into custody on 3 January 2009 on a misdemeanor charge (for an unpaid fine) and is being held on a reported $65,000 bail.

Black's fiancée says that the guitarist "has been in the system for over a week now and has had to survive on a miniscule diet. Ira has been a vegan for 15 years and it seems none of the local correctional facilities will accommodate any inmate with a vegetarian or vegan diet."

"This is a serious human rights issue, I'm not just trying to manipulate the system" Ira Black

She continues: "They will give inmates with medical problems or religious beliefs a different meal, but there is no concern for the vegetarians/vegans. He feels very strongly about this and has gone on a 'hunger strike' until his release later this month to show how serious this should be taken."

Black himself says: "I want people to know how legitimate and sincere veganism and vegetarianism is and this is a serious human rights issue, I'm not just trying to manipulate the system."

Black has set-up a Myspace page dedicated to his plight. Lizzy Borden's last album was 2007's Appointment With Death.