Canada’s Last Prison Abattoir Has Closed

The slaughterhouse at the Joyceville prison near Kingston, Ontario owned by the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has closed. This news comes following the recent publication of a report by Evolve Our Prison Farms (EOPF) highlighting the facility’s alleged human rights violations and questionable inspection practices. Reflecting on the news, EOPF founder Calvin Neufeld wrote: “This is a major victory for the human rights of incarcerated persons and for the countless animals who have suffered and died at this prison slaughterhouse since it opened in 1960. CSC, politicians, and the meat industry may attempt to reopen the facility one day. Evolve Our Prison Farms will remain vigilant to ensure that the closure is permanent.”