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e-2797 (Correctional system)

Initiated by Calvin Neufeld from Perth, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Correctional Service Canada (CSC) is establishing for-profit prison farms involving beef, dairy, and intensive animal agriculture selling to the private sector and possible export markets;
  • Prisoners will be paid under a dollar per hour;
  • Associating underpaid prison labour with the private sector is a human rights violation under International Labour Organization standards;
  • CSC recognizes the potential for abuse of animals in prisons and confirms that 14 bull calves have died in the first six months of this year at Collins Bay Institution under unknown circumstances;
  • CSC will initially acquire up to 800 goat kids in 2020;
  • In 2021, CSC will construct a multi-million-dollar facility at Joyceville Institution to mechanically milk thousands of goats producing 2,250 litres of milk per hour;
  • This federally subsidized agribusiness will be the largest goat farm in Canada, using prison labour to compete with farmers in the open market;
  • Beef, dairy, and intensive animal agriculture are leading contributors to the climate crisis, agricultural pollution, and zoonotic disease; and
  • Canadians are unwilling to bear the financial, ethical, and environmental burdens of these prison farms.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Cancel this prison agribusiness;
2. Prevent for-profit use of prison labour for the private sector; and
3. Transition federally funded prison farms to a plant-based, non-profit model feeding food banks and food-insecure communities, as proposed by Evolve Our Prison Farms.
Open for signature
August 14, 2020, at 10:48 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
October 13, 2020, at 10:48 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Paul Manly (Nanaimo—Ladysmith)
October 30, 2020 (Petition No. 432-00187)
Photo - Paul Manly
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia
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