Maria Alekhina of Pussy Riot, a Russian protest band, has made recent headlines after being refused plant-based food while incarcerated. Vegan actress Alicia Silverstone, alongside People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, sent a letter to President Vladimir Putin of Russia encouraging him to allow all prisoners the right to meat- and dairy-free food. “Regardless of the trial and its outcome, I’m sure you can agree that everyone has the right to show compassion and refrain from harming animals by being vegan,” Silverstone writes. Due to the lack of vegan food, Alekhina reportedly collapsed during a court hearing. Global protests are taking place to free the Pussy Riot band members from prison.