Media Release: Prison-Sourced Baby Formula Leaves Sour Taste. June 14, 2018 – In a program described by Minister Ralph Goodale as “emphasizing rehabilitation” through “animal therapy,” milk from the 400-goat operation will reportedly be sold through a broker to the Feihe infant formula factory. Consumers in China question the logic of adding prisons to the long list of suppliers for baby formula, especially when product distrust is still raw. Read more.
Media Release: Rehabilitation Program Exploits Prisoners and Animals. March 12, 2018 – Putting foreign economic interests ahead of democratic process, the government has revealed that the restoration of the farm program was never about responding to public demand, and it was never about rehabilitation. Read more.
Media Release: A Controversial Future for Prison Farms. March 1, 2018 – While some advocates are applauding the federal budget commitment of $4.3 million to reopen the agricultural operations at Collins Bay and Joyceville Institutions in Kingston, other proponents of prison farms received the news with a mixture of optimism and apprehension. Read more.
Media Release: Save the Herd Petition March Weathers the Storm. December 19, 2017 – As a snow squall hit Kingston on Friday December 15, about two dozen people marched from Collins Bay Institution to the office of MP Mark Gerretsen to deliver a petition calling for sanctuary for the Pen Herd cows. Launched last year at Kingston VegFest, the “Save the Herd” petition was closed on December 13 with a total of 12,928 signatures. Over 4,000 signatures were received in the final 24 hours, as the petition had begun to go viral. Read more.
Media Release: Sanctuary Not Slaughter for Canada’s Prison Farms. November 9, 2017 – While the Trudeau government hashes out its plan to restore the federal prison farm program, a new concept is taking root in Canadian consciousness: that animal agriculture is the wrong path to rehabilitating prisoners. Read more.
Media Release: A New Voice on Prison Farms Emerges. May 6, 2017 – Evolve Our Prison Farms (EOPF) has submitted to Ralph Goodale, Mark Gerretsen, and other legislators a model for plant-based prison farming that prioritizes ecological stewardship, meaningful rehabilitation and employment programming for prisoners, and community development and food security. Read more.