Prison sanctuary operator... "I truly believe that animals save people. One cannot form a bond with something that you’re going to eventually kill. What a heartbreaking thought."
Animal advocacy lawyer... "Prisoners are a marginalized class of workers. It’s unjust to expect workers without any real choice to do soul-destroying work that the rest of us can’t stomach."
Human rights lawyer... "EOPF's proposal is a common-sense way to assist incarcerated persons. It is also an important step towards a larger rethinking and reshaping of how prisons exist."
DR. AMY FITZGERALD
Sociologist... "As a criminologist who specializes in green criminology, violence, and critical animal studies, I have concerns about the use of incarcerated populations in animal agriculture."
DR. DAVID LAYZELL
Climate change scientist... "A good environmental case could be made that cows and other ruminants should not be part of the farm program and not including abattoirs in the prison experience."
Sociologist... "Slaughterhouse work is counter to rehabilitative ideals and necessitates behaviour that would be criminalized if done to animals not legally categorized as food."
DR. KENDRA COULTER
Labour studies scholar... "Evolve Our Prison Farms’ proposals are compelling and persuasive. This is a clear opportunity to establish Canada as a global leader, one which should be seized."
DR. DAVID SUZUKI
Environmentalist... "It’s time for society to evolve, but it’s very important and it’s time long overdue for prisons to evolve as well, because they’ve got to be a part of the solution."
We encourage all prisoners to join the conversation. Your incarcerated friend or family member can reach us at 57 Foster St, Box 2012, Perth, ON, K7H 1R9.
THE SAGA CONTINUES
"What are the advantages in slaving away for some multinational when at the end of the day you cannot wash the stink of it out of your clothes; at least you get three bucks for your trouble."
ANIMAL ABUSE ON PRISON FARMS
We have heard many cases of appalling abuse of animals on the former prison farms. This is predictable when you create the circumstances of the care-kill paradox.
"I could not be present where animals are killed. I have suffered a trauma so profound because of the offense I committed that just the thought of seeing any living thing die is unthinkable to me.”
PRISONER SURVEY RESULTS
150 prisoners surveyed at federal penitentiaries voted for sanctuary & green agriculture over dairy. This was before it was revealed that prison farms would produce milk for China.
The abattoir at Kingston's Joyceville Institution is a place of death and dismemberment, located immediately beside the gardens and greenhouses where prisoners nurture life.
"One of the cows stepped on my foot. I began to hit it with punches like a professional boxer on its side and on its head. My immediate job, however, was preparing cows for slaughter."
She had to enter the abattoir, which was horrifying. The stench, the mess, blood everywhere. The man who met her said they had just slaughtered a cow, so he apologized for the sight and the smell.
"These farms can form a symbolic as well as practical foundation for a healthier more sustainable and more compassionate future for us all. Prisoners can lead the way to our better future."
PRISON ABATTOIR WORKER
"I began working at the abattoir in late 2017. Human-consumable meat is sent along for processing, hides are picked up, entrails, hooves, heads and such are processed by a local mink producer."