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Controversy over feds’ plan to use prison labour for goat milk production
Despite repeated claims of ‘no goats, therefore no contracts’ Conservative MPs and anti-prison labour advocates are once again raising concerns over plans for an industrial factory farm at the Joyceville penitentiary in Kingston.
Investigation into CBC and prison farms
Almost completely absent from CBC’s coverage is the major livestock enterprise at the core of the new prison farm program, which is to be a 2200-goat industrial facility producing milk for external sale. The former prison farms fed prisons; the new farms are a multi-million-dollar for-profit commercial operation.
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
Feds’ rethink on prison farms, abattoirs
Feds' rethink on prison farms, abattoirs started in 2003 1,000 pages of government documents tell what unfolded after that Ontario Farmer [click to view original article], Tue May 11 2021,
Liberals to re-open Kingston prison farms that critics say will exploit inmate labour
“It’s just gonna be a big factory farm and it’s just gonna be exploitation. There’s gonna be no personalization, that there’s gonna be no rehabilitative aspect to it. It doesn’t make sense.”
‘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.”
Milking Justice: Prison Farms Squeezing Profits Out of Prisoners & Animals
The return of Canada’s prison farms could be visionary, life-affirming, empathy-inducing, and environment-protecting through green agriculture and animal sanctuary. If, however, we remain blind to the treatment of prisoners, animals and the environment, then the future is dim indeed.
Vigils for ethical prison farms to be held outside Collins Bay Institution
Prison farms should adopt an innovative approach to penal agriculture and a no-kill approach to animal therapy, in light of the climate emergency, Canada’s new Food Guide, and evolving social attitudes towards prison labour and animal welfare.
Kingston activists not happy with direction prison farms are headed
“Prison farms can be a model of justice,” says Neufeld (seen feeding a sanctuary cow). “Kingston is the penitentiary capital of Canada and I believe it can also be Canada’s voice of conscience for prisons and prisoners. We are holding onto a beautiful vision of what’s possible."
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.
EOPF launches conflict of interest complaint
Contravention of multiple Conflict of Interest Act rules and "no discussion at the governmental or correctional level on the ethics of using prison labour to serve foreign economic interests."
Hugh Reilly Interviews Evolve Our Prison Farms
"If animals are at the core of the rehabilitative benefits then sanctuary is the only way to do that without involving prisoners in conflicted relationships with the animals."
Prison Farm Plans Raise Eyebrows and Red Flags
"In addition to inseminating goats, removing newborn kids and machine-milking mothers, prisoners will be trained in slaughtering and butchering animals from approximately 350 local farms."
March supports new prison vision
Evolve Our Prison Farms would like the prison farms to go from slaughterhouses to sanctuaries with sustainable plant-based agriculture.
The promise of animal sanctuary on prison farms
"The logic of animal husbandry dovetails with the logic of incarceration through confinement, coercion, and other forms of violence, creating a docile, controllable mass. It's time for a whole new beginning."