Toronto Pig Save & The Save Movement’s Weekly Updates – 08/1/17

Categories: The Save Movement news,Toronto Pig Save news,Toronto-area Save groups news

Dear friends,

Don’t turn away. Join us! Bear witness at weekly vigils (please scroll down for vigil schedule)


Toronto Pig Save’s sister organization Climate Vegan released this impactful short video on the frightful reality of animal agriculture as a leading cause of climate change, which threatens most life on Earth. Please watch: Instagram video

The Save Movement’s VR outreach efforts continue around the world. Using footage by Animal Equality, activists reach out to the public and ask them to watch what happens to animals in a slaughterhouse. Thousands of people have seen, and we hope their minds have been changed, their hearts opened to the plight of animals everywhere.
Watch video of outreach in the Toronto area: FB video.

Please watch: “Animal Auction” is a powerful short by U.S. filmmaker Kelly Guerin, who among other projects works with We Animals.
Video here.

Special thanks to Andrew Gough in the UK for his help with this newsletter.

Bo Felix,
on behalf of Toronto Pig Save and The Save Movement

The Save Movement started in December 2010 with the inception of Toronto Pig Save. Today there are over 100 groups in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, Poland, Italy and now in Sweden (scroll down for new group announcement).
If you or someone you know is interested in starting a Save group, this is the place to start:, and then please email
Melbourne Chicken Save held their latest vigil on January 5 at the Baiada slaughterhouse in Laverton. This is their report: “Thank you so much to everyone who came out in the early hours of this morning to attend the vigil for chickens going to slaughter. The police spoke to the slaughterhouse management last night, and they changed all the deliveries to come in early and finish by 4am, just as the vigil started. We don’t know why they feel so threatened by having us there for 5 mins per truck. But it won’t deter us from continuing to go along to witness the suffering of the chickens and tell their stories. While no trucks arrived during the vigil, we still were able to witness chickens at the kosher slaughterhouse down the road from Baiada, and watch as people went about their daily business of legalised animal abuse. We will be holding more vigils on a regular basis and will invite you all along again when the next date is determined.”
Welcome, PEI Farm Animal Save, an organization that bears witness of animals sent to slaughter and promotes a compassionate vegan lifestyle.
Find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Nova Scotia Farm Animal Save held their latest vigil on January 5 at Atlantic Stockyard Auction in Murray Siding. The vigil was also hosted by Vegan Activist Radio.
Vigil participant Sophia Meers wrote: “Yesterday at the stockyard baby calves were auctioned off, too little to walk, so scared and looking for their mothers. As well as men yelling cruel comments towards every single animal put into the ring.”


Welcome, Sheffield Animal Save. The South Yorkshire group is being headed up by a band of eager young activists from the diverse worlds of vegan fashion, social media and academia. Find them on Facebook here.
Their first vigil is set: January 24, 7 AM – 11 AM, at Woolley Brothers Abattoir Sheffield. Event page here.

Manchester Pig Save held a Sunday morning vigil on January 8 at Tulip slaughterhouse.
Please watch video of distressed and scared pigs on transport truck – innocent victims of horrific cruelty: FB video.

Also watch video from their December 28 vigil at Tulip slaughterhouse: FB video.
“It’s quite hard to be there, but I felt like I wanted to show them that there were people there to love them and help them.”

– Noah, just 11 years old

The West Yorkshire Save vigil on January 5 saw an impromptu change of venue when activists discovered that Yorkshire Poultry Products had closed for an inspection, fueling speculation that the struggling slaughterhouse was under investigation. The group moved to their other location at J&E Medcalf, the video from which can be seen here: FB video.


Los Angeles Animal Save latest vigil took place on January 2 at Farmer John’s slaughterhouse. This is organizer Amy Jean Davis’ report:
Hello everyone!! We had an AMAZING vigil last night in Los Angeles at Farmer John’s slaughterhouse with LA Animal Save. At first, the police would not allow us to leave the sidewalk to approach the trucks so our only option was to spray water at them. But then, thanks to Connie Pearson, the police agreed to let us step into the street and approach the pigs!! As long as we had a person devoted to watching for traffic, the police stopped the truck, spoke to the driver, and gave us a couple minutes with the pigs. Just amazing. And the officer on duty last night said he doesn’t eat “pork” but does eat other flesh but became interested once Shaun Monson and I started talking to him about nutrition because he does triathlons! Anyway, amazing vigil, amazing activists, amazing police – the only thing that would have made it better was if we didn’t have to have a vigil at all!

Augusta GA Farm Animal Save on January 3 at FPL Foods LLC in Augusta.


Toronto Pig Save has a firm commitment to hold at least three vigils or other vegan outreach events per week. We currently hold a Pig Save vigil in Burlington together with Cow Save and Chicken Save vigils in Toronto. We encourage everyone to attend a vigil. The more people who attend, the harder it is for society to ignore our protests of the abhorrent exploitation and cruelty to animals. Attending vigils is a daunting, traumatic, but empowering experience. Please join us. Scroll down for vigil schedule.

Weekly vigils and outreach with Toronto-area Saves

• Tuesday, January 10, 7:30 am – 11:30 am:  Toronto Slaughterhouses Exposed! at the corner of St. Clair and Keele7:30-9:30 am, with Mary-Chris Staples and crew (647-920-8482), followed by a Toronto Cow Save vigil 9:00-11 am at “St. Helen’s Meat Packers” slaughter plant at 1 Glen Scarlett Road.
RSVP: event page

• Wednesday, January 11, 6- 7 pm:  Vigil at Conestoga Meat Packers. Hosted by KW Animal Save.
Please join us as we bear witness to the pigs at Conestoga Meat Packers.
RSVPevent page

• Thursday, January 12, 8-10 am:  Toronto Pig Save vigil in Burlington in front of Fearman’s “Pork” Inc. slaughter plant at the corner of Harvester and Appleby Line (right by the Appleby GO train station).
RSVP: event page

• Friday, January 13, 9-10 am: Guelph Cow Save | Bear Witness
Vigil at Cargill Ltd. Slaughterhouse on Dunlop Drive.
RSVPevent page

Leo Tolstoy defines the duty to bear witness as: “When the suffering of another creature causes you to feel pain, do not submit to the initial desire to flee from the suffering one, but on the contrary, come closer, as close as you can to him who suffers, and try to help him.”      – from A Calendar of Wisdom


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Toronto Pig Save started in December 2010, with a promise to the pigs of doing a minimum of three vigils and vegan outreach events each week, all year round. We bear witness as a community of pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animal victims in slaughterhouse trucks. The animals want us to be present and, with the most pleading eyes, ask for our help when we see them through the portholes of transport trucks. Just as if we were in those horrid trucks, we would want the whole community to be there fighting for our freedom, liberation, rights, and equality. In a way, we are there. All life is one and, “when (wo)men wish to harm others, they really do evil to themselves,” Leo Tolstoy said in his animal rights story “Esarhaddon, King of Assyria”. It’s our positive duty and obligation to act in the present to try to stop the most egregious injustices before us.
“When the suffering of another creature causes you to feel pain, do not submit to the initial desire to flee from the suffering one, but on the contrary, come closer, as close as you can to her who suffers, and try to help her.” – Leo Tolstoy
In four years, The Save Movement has grown to 33 Save groups around the world. Our dream is to have regular vigils at every slaughterhouse worldwide. We regularly give seed money to new Save groups and require funds for literature, posters, subway ad campaigns ( and vegan outreach events.
Make animal liberation your priority in life! Think of 10 kind things you can do each day and encourage your friends to do the same! Join us and participate in our weekly vigils, start a Save group in your community, and be a regular donor.


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