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e-2423 (Correctional system)

Initiated by Calvin Neufeld from Perth, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Joyceville Institution is slated to become the site of an intensive goat dairy facility for up to 1500 goats;
  • This penal agribusiness will supply the Feihe International infant formula factory in Kingston for export to China;
  • Joyceville Institution borders the Rideau Canal system and the UNESCO designated Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve;
  • Joyceville Institution is located in immediate proximity (1 km - 5 km) to an elementary school, a community playground, a golf and country club, a church, and numerous residential homes and family farms in an area interspersed with campgrounds, sensitive waterways, and tourist opportunities;
  • Intensive animal agriculture will impose a significant environmental burden, causing air and odor pollution, industrial traffic, and potential contamination of groundwater, local lands and waterways;
  • This form of industrial agribusiness at a federal penitentiary represents unfair market competition from a taxpayer-funded institution; and
  • Canadians are unwilling to bear the financial, ethical, and environmental burdens of a government-funded prison factory farm.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to prevent the Correctional Service of Canada from establishing an industrial goat factory at Joyceville Institution.
Open for signature
February 28, 2020, at 12:31 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 29, 2020, at 12:31 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Scott Reid (Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston)
April 28, 2020 (Petition No. 431-00162)
Photo - Scott Reid
Conservative Caucus
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