Letters & Media Releases

Media Release: Save the Herd Petition March Weathers the Storm. December 19, 2017 -  As a snow squall hit Kingston on Friday December 15, about two dozen people marched from Collins Bay Institution to the office of MP Mark Gerretsen to deliver a petition calling for sanctuary for the Pen Herd cows. Launched last year at Kingston VegFest, the "Save the Herd" petition was closed on December 13 with a total of 12,928 signatures. Over 4,000 signatures were received in the final 24 hours, as the petition had begun to go viral. Read more.

Media Release: Group Marches for Pen Herd Sanctuary. December 8, 2017 - A group of Kingstonians will be marching from Collins Bay Institution to the office of MP Mark Gerretsen on Friday December 15th in a symbolic move to deliver a 10,000 signature petition calling for sanctuary for the Pen Herd cows as part of a restored prison farm program. Read more.

Letter to Dr. Mona Nemer, Chief Science Advisor. November 23, 2017 - We understand that your mandate includes ensuring that scientific evidence be considered in any government decision-making process. We believe that the weight of evidence is overwhelmingly in favour of an evolved farm model, while a return to animal agriculture on prison farms would represent a backwards, unsustainable and problematic move. Read more.

Media Release: Sanctuary not Slaughter for Canada's Prison Farms. November 9, 2017 - While the Trudeau government hashes out its plan to restore the federal prison farm program, a new concept is taking root in Canadian consciousness: that animal agriculture is the wrong path to rehabilitating prisoners. Read more.

Letter to Goodale: Concern over skewed prison panel. May 17, 2017 - We are writing to express concern over the process and composition of the panel appointed to advise the government on re-opening Kingston’s prison farms. Five of the eight panel members are livestock farmers, making it clear that only animal agriculture is under consideration. Alternative proposals to establish innovative and ecologically sustainable plant-based farms have been presented to your government on numerous occasions. These voices have been excluded from the panel. We are formally requesting that the composition of the panel be reviewed in favour of a more transparent and balanced process and we call for the inclusion of voices representing forward-thinking plant-based agriculture. Read more.

Media Release: A New Voice on Prison Farms Emerges. May 6, 2017 – Evolve Our Prison Farms (EOPF) is a community coalition with an exciting and forward-looking proposal for the re-instatement of prison farms, and its vision is garnering wide support. EOPF has submitted to Ralph Goodale, Mark Gerretsen, and other legislators a model for plant-based prison farming that prioritizes ecological stewardship, meaningful rehabilitation and employment programming for prisoners, and community development and food security. Read more.

Sample Letter of Support

The following letter, submitted by one of our supporters, is an example of how you can help promote the Evolve proposal (shared with permission).

From: NM
Sent: March 21, 2017 9:09 AM
To: info@evolveourprisonfarms.ca
Cc: minister_ministre@agr.gc.ca; justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca; ralph.goodale@parl.gc.ca; Mark.Gerretsen@parl.gc.ca; elizabeth.may@parl.gc.ca; Matthew.Dube@parl.gc.ca; Erin.OToole@parl.gc.ca; jane.philpott@parl.gc.ca
Subject: The Evolve proposal for plant-based prison farms enhanced by Sanctuary.

YES!  I absolutely support the Kingston-based coalition of citizens united by concerns about animal agriculture's profound ethical, ecological, and health costs.

This is exactly what we should be doing for prison rehabilitation, any rehabilitation, any farm.
This IS a unique opportunity to transition from animal agriculture to a more responsible model based on ethical and environmentally sustainable plant-based farming. 

And applied more widely, THIS is the way to ensure we reach our urgent climate change goals, create good innovative jobs, improve our health and produce good food, clean our waterways, lower farm operating costs and chemical soil pollution, spare billions of innocent beings the cruelty and injustices callously inflicted on them, reduce the level of violence in the world, help feed the poor, connect with our true values and soothe aching souls. 

We need to get on-board with this because THIS is the future that should have been all along.
The planet needs this, people need this, and god knows the animals need this.

I tip my hat to the Kingston coalition of citizens for this comprehensive and thoughtful project and I ask our Ministers to do the math and see how this farming model will serve us all.


Montreal, QC

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