Virginia-based PETA sent a letter to Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase's CEO, requesting that the home be donated or sold for a nominal sum after the bank completes a foreclosure action.
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.