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Senate Committee on Human Rights

Letter to Senate Committee on Human Rights [view original PDF] The Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights Senate, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1A 0A4 June 30, 2021 Dear Senators, On behalf of members of the advocacy group Evolve Our Prison Farms and the prison population at Joyceville Institution (Minimum), we thank

‘The animals set me right’

Shannon was one of a handful of demonstrators with Evolve Our Prison Farms who gathered outside Feihe International’s Royal Canada Milk, a Chinese infant formula plant that will produce goat milk infant formula for the Chinese market. The planned goat dairy at Joyceville, Shannon and others believe, will not benefit the prisoners who will work there. “This is all about the money.”

What’s wrong with “Milking prison labour”?

It is important to note how the intensification of the prison industrial complex via the new prison farms is mirrored by the debasement of animals. Factory farming goats by the thousands reduces both prisoners and animals to units of production whose value is measured by their productivity and profitability.

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