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Please watch: Save Movement activists explain why saving the planet must include stopping animal agriculture. We welcome everyone to proudly call themselves a Climate Vegan, for the animals, the planet and ourselves.
Please see video with Victoria González, who speaks about bearing witness at her first Toronto Cow Save vigil outside St. Helen’s “Meat Packers” slaughter plant.
Please join us at our weekly morning vigils. Scroll down for event listing.
Lily the Mother Goat was the lucky one on the day she was saved. She now lives happy and surrounded by loving hands, but she hasn’t forgot those who weren’t saved, who are still on their way to slaughter: ” Please help us by sharing my posts and don’t support the dairy industry! They kill us and our babies for our breast milk. Our milk belongs to us, to our own babies.”
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: http://thesavemovement.org/start-a-save-group/, and then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE SAVE MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD
Cargill Meats is a chicken ‘processing’ plant in London Ontario. Every day, around 80,000 chickens are brought in on trucks and slaughtered. That’s 400,000-500,000 lives taken a week. London Chicken Save has been holding vigils at 4 am. They report from the last one on January 17:
“It may be cold and wet out there this morning but our group was out at 4:00AM at Cargill for our vigil. We even had some new members join us and despite the conditions we were in high spirits knowing our presence would have an impact. Good morning London! We are here to stay.”
On January 20, Owen Sound Farm Animal Save held a triple outreach and vigils in Owen Sound, Hanover and Arthur.
Photo credit: Meaghan Ellis
Outreach in Owen Sound.
In Hanover, where many turkeys are killed.
Domingo’s pig slaughterhouse in Arthur.
On January 18 Melbourne Cow Save‘s Natalie Shanti organised a peaceful silent demo at the public screening of local reality TV food show “Masterchef” at the South Melbourne markets. They all stood silently holding posters of pictures of all the animals who are killed to be sold at the markets, some of whom were cooked and eaten on the show, with the slogans: I Am Someone. I Am Not an Ingredient. There was really good positive media coverage from Ch 9 News: Vegan protesters descend on Masterchef filming location
On January 22, in the lead-up to Australia Day when the industry group Meat and Livestock Australia encourage people to “eat more lamb” for Australia Day, Melbourne Sheep Save held an action at two local supermarkets and a butcher shop in Collingwood, north of Melbourne. The aim was to ask consumers to make the connection with who they are eating. Cruelty-free Australia Day recipes were also given out to shoppers.
Welcome, Irish Animal Save, the first Save Movement group in Ireland! Find them on Facebook and Instagram.
Their first vigil will be on February 3 at Rosderra Irish Meats, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.
“We will be bearing witness to pigs, showing them love and compassion in their final moments – and raising awareness of the thousands of sentient beings needlessly killed each and every day across the world. Whether this is your first vigil or not, both we and the animals would welcome your presence. Please join us in the fight for animal liberation.” RSVP:FB event page.
Kent Animal Save held their latest vigil on January 9 at Forge Farm Meats slaughterhouse. They report:
“A large truck carrying 100+ sheep arrived before 7 am so we missed the chance to bear witness to them up close. We captured photos and videos from the public footpath which runs down the side of the slaughterhouse. We saw the faces of sheep waiting for their turn to be led to the kill room. Some sheep were trying to jump back over the gate to escape their fate. These sheep didn’t want to die but they were given no choice. Animals aren’t here to serve humans. They are not our property. Please don’t be the reason these babies are being killed. Stop paying for them to die. Choose compassion and be vegan.”
Photos by Matt George.
The following day, Kent Animal Save teamed up with Sheep Ahoy aka Oli’s Gang, a small sheep sanctuary, to rescue 3 sheep: “These sheep were due to be slaughtered in a matter of days. We managed to negotiate with the owner and save them.”
Read more about the rescue on their FB page.
Top photo: Scared, but finally safe.
Lower image: happy in the sanctuary, jumping with joy!
Spalding Animal Save‘s first vigil is set for January 25 at Dalehead Foods, Fulney Lane, Spalding.
We will be holding a peaceful Vigil for the Pigs who died on the #A16 last week, as well as all pigs going to slaughter on that day. We will be there outside of Dalehead Foods in Spalding (the slaughterhouse responsible for the crash), and we are asking them to donate 3-4 pigs to a sanctuary. RSVP: event page
Welcome, Swindon and Wiltshire Animal Save Movement. “Our aim is to bear witness to animals going to slaughter using a love based community approach — showing love and compassion to all involved.”
Find them on Facebook.
Bearing witness is such a powerful and essential experience for everyone, not just those who call themselves activists. Please watch this moving video of activists after bearing witness: FB video
Morning Vigil at Tolleson, Arizona
JBS is a massive, multi-country animal killing company that provides the bodies of slaughtered animals to a plethora of companies worldwide. On Monday, January 30th, organizers from The Save Movement will be hosting a morning vigil outside of the JBS slaughterhouse in Tolleson with hopes of meeting local activists who will start a Save group and hold regular vigils outside of the slaughterhouses in this area. We will be teaming up with Phoenix Animal Liberation Society and look forward to meeting everyone at the Arizona VegFest and the vigils.
We are also hosting a candlelight vigil the night before in the same location, 7-9:00 pm. RSVP: event page
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
• Wednesday,January 25, 6- 7 pm: Vigil at Conestoga Meat Packers.Hosted by KWAnimalSave.
Please join us as we bear witness to the pigs at Conestoga Meat Packers. RSVP: event page
• Thursday, January 26, 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
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 (iVegan.ca) 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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