Toronto Pig Save & The Save Movement’s Weekly Updates – 15/1/17

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Dear friends,

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


SOS Outreach Squad continues to reach thousands
Toronto commuters, drivers and shoppers are regularly shown the truth of what goes on in the three slaughterhouses hidden around the corner near a shopping centre, thanks to the tireless efforts of Save Outreach Squad. This is their latest report from outreach on January 14:
“Thanks to all the hard working activists who took over St, Clair and Keele on Saturday in the name of animals! 1,000s of shoppers and commuters were invited to bear witness to the suffering of animals around the corner. 1,000 of those wanted to know more and accepted leaflets. Many others showed support in other ways. Despite the nightmare that occurs at St Helen’s, Ryding-Regency, and Maple Leaf slaughterhouses, these outreach events send us all home feeling hopeful that good people are opening their minds and hearts every day.”

Why bear witness?
Many people ask us why we attend vigils, what keeps us coming back and why bearing witness to animals before slaughter is so important. Share this video with friends and family so they might better understand and become inspired to get active too.
What’s your story – Why is bearing witness important to you?

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

Surrey Chicken Save held their latest vigil on January 15 near Sunrise Poultry Processing Plant, the largest broiler chicken slaughterhouse in western Canada, where approximately 100,000 birds are killed daily – at just 35 days old.

On January 12, Ottawa Animal Save held their regular vigil at Ottawa Livestock Exchange. They report:
“It’s heartbreaking each time we bear witness at the Ottawa Livestock Auction. Today we saw truck after truck with trailers either filled with cows and calves, some goats, and some came in empty, depending if they were buying or selling. It tears at our hearts when we see the cows’ lovely noses poke out of the trailer, likely asking ‘what are they doing to me?’ We saw a small truck with a closed-in small cab, with 2 calves stuffed inside. You could see them huddling in the back window. These are innocent, sweet and sentient animals who deserve better. There is no need to eat meat with so many convenient alternatives. Please join us for future vigils and be there for them.”

Vigil participant Linda Petras shared: “We saw a lineup of trucks full of cows and calves (some just 2 days old) waiting to unload for auction at Leo’s livestock exchange. It’s so sad to see so many beautiful souls being treated like just a number.”


Welcome, Brisbane Animal Save: As part of the global Save Movement, and in conjunction with Animal Liberation Queensland, Brisbane Animal Save aims to raise awareness of the suffering of tens of thousands of farm animals transported to slaughterhouses in and around Brisbane every day.
Find them here on Facebook.
Melbourne Pig, Cow, Chicken and Sheep Save held the first of many City Slaughterhouse Truck Vigils on 9th January, to witness the animals being transported on trucks driving through the city, bound for local slaughterhouses:
She couldn’t move. Stuck between the legs of her friends, her expression is one of hopelessness. She drove through the streets of Melbourne like this today, by now she is at the slaughterhouse. She will be murdered within 24 hours. We love you beautiful, and we are so sorry.

Animal Liberation Victoria held a 16-hour slaughterhouse vigil at 3 different slaughterhouses west of Melbourne on 12th January. There was a heavy police presence and they were barricaded from stopping the trucks. Please watch video:

A mounted police cavalcade escorting a truck load of cows to their death. This was at JBS in the western suburbs of Melbourne.
Video credit: Liz Dealey. Photo credit: Robyn Cochrane.

Please read and watch news coverage of the vigil:
9news article
7News TV video

In light of the events on this day, the first joint vigil for Melbourne Cow and Sheep Save, scheduled for 18th January at JBS slaughterhouse, has now been cancelled. There will now be a direct action at a local TV reality food show screening, which is being held at a local market on 18th January.


Please watch “Their final journey” by Liverpool Pig Save:
Activist Andrew Garner writes about the video:
“The final journey of a pig is a sad and traumatic end for each individual pig. When you bear witness to them in their final moments you see a range of different emotions each pig is experiencing. Some pigs are friendly and curious; others are so scared they shake and look down with complete despair. Once they are unloaded off the trucks they are forced down a runway; at first they don’t know where they are being guided to — once they reach the slaughterhouse floor, they can smell the blood and hear the blood-curdling screams of their fellow species. They desperately try to go in the opposite direction; they are met by a person who will not save them but instead force them to the very place every living being would not want to be. In the end the pigs experience a living nightmare. We only hope they know not all humans are monsters and had the experience of love we gave them to hold on to if only for a moment. This is why as vegans it is so important to bear witness and share these individual animals’ stories. We need to support each other and help one another on how to be the best advocates for the animals. Together we are a powerful force and we will win; injustice can not live forever.”
Pigs shown no mercy after truck crash
On January 11, a lorry carrying 180 pigs to the Tulip slaughterhouse in Spalding, England, overturned on the A16 highway. The injured pigs were shown no mercy: many were killed right at the roadside, while the others were taken to the Tulip slaughterhouse.
There was an evening vigil at the site of the crash and subsequently Save Movement and other groups around the UK organized pickets at Waitrose supermarkets, the slaughterhouse’s major customer.
Please read press coverage of the crash and aftermath: Lincolnshire Live article.
Look at her, how scared she must be. If she were a dog, we would all be outraged.

Passersby were asked to leave the scene. David Brown of the new Spalding Animal Save  explains:
“After being pulled out of the wreckage by emergency services, she must have been traumatised, but thankful, somehow at having been shown the first and only kindness she’d ever felt at the hands of humans — her captors and torturers. Mere hours later she was taken to the slaughterhouse, killed, and thrown in the dustbin due to being unfit for human consumption. Look at her face. How heartbreaking would this picture be to you if it was a young dog looking out, covered in scratches and dirt? These creatures are just like dogs. Imagine what you would do to stop this happening to your dog. You’d fight tooth and nail; you’d be rabid and furious and unrelenting. Now you understand how we feel. Please follow Spalding Animal Save  to help us demonstrate against the slaughterhouse responsible for the recent crash.”

Manchester Pig Save holding a peaceful vigil outside Waitrose. Paying our respect to the pigs that were mercilessly killed after the A16 crash. We have become so disconnected from reality that animals natural rights are no longer considered.
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Photo credit: David Robinson Robbo

Activists also took their peaceful protest inside the store: FB video here.

On January 16 Save Movement UK, Surge and Viva! held a joint vigil outside Waitrose HQ in London before moving to a nearby store to continue their peaceful demo. By saying goodbye to the pigs that could have been shown mercy, we draw attention to Waitrose’s blatant hypocrisy.


West Yorkshire Save has two vigils coming up:
On Friday 20th January 2017 we will be back at Yorkshire Poultry Products bearing witness to 6-week-old broiler chickens arriving at the slaughterhouse. We recently found out that Yorkshire Poultry Products has filed for bankruptcy so we are hopping to keep the pressure on and eventually get the slaughterhouse  closed down.
RSVP: event page
After the chicken vigil we will be heading to Waitrose in Leeds where we will hold a memorial vigil outside of the store screening UK footage of pig farms and vigil videos. Candles will be lit and flowers will be laid down for the A16 pigs who were shown no mercy by Waitrose and Tulip. At the end of the memorial vigil we will go inside the store and lay down photographs of pigs we have bore witness to at Tulip in the the aisles where pig products are displayed. We hope this encourages people to research veganism and realise that there is nothing humane about humane meat.
RSVP: event page

Devon Animal Save is busy bringing the Earthlings Experience to their region. They held events on January 14 and 15, and are set to continue on January 21 and 22.
January 21 RSVP: event page
January 22 RSVP: event page

Please read press coverage: Masked vegans campaign in Torquay town centre.

Welcome, North Wales Animal Save: “We are a peaceful Save Movement group bearing witness and offering compassion to factory farmed animals before slaughter.”
Find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Welcome, Spalding Animal Save: “Our mission is to peacefully bear witness to animals heading to their deaths in an effort to raise awareness for their plight.”
Find them on Facebook


Greeley Cow Save‘s Protest/Vigil took place on January 13 at the JBS slaughterhouse.
Vigil participant Maggie Gilman offered this testimony and FB video:
“Today I witnessed the worst acts of humanity that I have ever seen with my own two eyes: These types of horrors take place all over the country and even right here in Greeley, Colorado. It’s an animal holocaust where enslaved beings are exploited and murdered, brutally.
Animal agriculture is simply an unnatural and unacceptable industry that must be exposed and destroyed. So many beautiful animals die at the Dairy, in their pen, in their feed lot, crammed into trucks on their way to slaughter, and even in the holding pens before slaughter. These animals are no longer considered ‘fit for human consumption’ and their full dead bodies get processed and distributed like goods at local rendering facilities and today I present footage from one of these facilities that was sending many animals’ bodies to Fort Morgan Pet Foods. Choosing to consume or purchase any animal products from the horrible animal ag industry that corrupts our sacred life on this planet, condones and perpetuates this sort of brutal treatment and disregard for another’s life. Dialog is important so please contact me with questions/concerns and if you feel so taken aback like I am about these sort of atrocities happening every minute of everyday, then GO VEGAN and choose kindness and compassion to combat all the violence and hatred we face.”


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 17, 4-6 am: London Chicken Save – Early Morning Vigil
Cargill Meats, London, Ontario
Please join us to bear witness and bring awareness to the animals slaughtered in our city. Please share this event, ‘invite’ Facebook users and bring family and friends with you. The more people we have, the more of an impact we can make. But, big or small turnout, an impact will be made.
RSVP: event page

• Tuesday, January 17, 7:30 am – 11:30 am:  Toronto Slaughterhouses Exposed! at the corner of St. Clair and Keele7:30-9:30 am,  with Save Outreach Squad, followed by a Toronto Cow Save vigil 9:00-11 am at “St. Helen’s Meat Packers” slaughter plant at 1 Glen Scarlett Road.

• Wednesday, January 18, 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 19, 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 20, 11 am – 6 pm: Triple Vigil – Arthur/Hanover/Owen Sound
Please join us for a triple vigil. We will begin in Owen Sound, then we will go to Hanover, and finally we will end the day in Arthur. We will meet in Owen Sound at 11am, however the end time is tentative as it is dependent on the weather. We will keep the event page updated with each location we are at if attendees would like to meet us throughout the day.
Addresses for the slaughterhouses will be available closer to the date.
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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