Toronto Pig Save & The Save Movement’s Weekly Updates – 6/2/17

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Dear friends,

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


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Our Last Day: A 2016 Toronto Pig Save #AllDayVigil with Shaun Monson (Earthlings) and Amy Jean Davis (Los Angeles Animal Save).
Thanks Andrew Garner of Liverpool Pig Save and Manchester Pig Save for this moving video.



Please join us on the Women’s March to Fearman’s pig slaughter plant in Burlington on March 11.
March 11, 11 AM – 3 PM
RSVP: FB event page



We caught up with activists at the weekly Toronto Pig Save vigil outside Fearman’s “Pork” slaughter plant. Please watch.



The Stanford Environmental Law Journal has called animal agriculture the “Leading cause of everything: one industry that is destroying our planet and our ability to thrive on it.” Go vegan for the animals, the climate and your health! #Climate Vegan


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Did you know that just like cows and humans, goats produce milk for their own babies? Humans are the only animals who steal and drink the milk of other animals and the only animals who drink milk as adults.
Kinda weird when you think about it!
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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








London Pig Save and Animal Liberation Alliance London held a vigil on February 1 for 4,000 pigs who were killed in a barn fire on January 31 in Plympton-Wyoming, Ontario.
Photos by Curzon Alocer Fenry.
Please also read press coverage of the vigil: Protestors hold vigil for pigs who died in barn fire near Wyoming



Coast to Coast Stockyard Vigil
February 16, 11:30 am – 1 pm
St. Jacobs Farmers Market
878 Weber St. N., Waterloo, Ontario
This is a Canada-wide Save Movement event. Please join us for a peaceful outreach and vigil, bearing witness to animals being brought to the market to be SOLD. Auction houses are a sad and often forgotten stop along the short life journey of an animal raised for “food.”
RSVP: FB event page



Halifax Ad Campaign
Help us put  informative, creative, and thought-provoking vegan ad posters in Halifax, Nova Scotia!
Halifax ferry riders will come face-to-face with the question, “Why Love One But Eat the Other?” This question challenges people to think about their daily food choices, utilizing the powerful tool of cognitive dissonance by highlighting the similarities between animals we call “friend” and those we call “food”.  Canadian food industry facts and figures will feature prominently in the campaign.
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Please read this moving personal account by Meaghan Ellis, organizer for Mount Forest Animal Save:
I made the switch to veganism last year in June after watching Cowspiracy. For me it wasn’t hard to stop participating in such a violent “tradition”. Not long after going vegan I found movements like The Save Movement, Sympathy at Slaughter and DxE. I attended a march in Toronto with DxE to “Close all slaughterhouses” and it greatly solidified my choices to pursue this lifestyle.
Living in Mount Forest has been trying since the switch. The country mentality is very strong out here. I live on the main street and nearly every day I hear a truck full of cows or pigs stopped at the lights near my house. This tears me and my daughter up every time we see these gentle beings being shipped to their deaths. I thoroughly enjoy spending time with other like-minded ARAs and spreading awareness. A majority of all the events and vigils have so far been at least an hour away from me and I felt like Mount Forest needed some good representation. I feel like although it is a big farming community a lot of the youth isn’t fully aware of their actions, nor that they don’t need to do as such, and I hope starting Mount Forest Animal Save will bring attention to this and create a strong community of health over wealth.




On February 4 the Melbourne Save groups joined in the Today I Am Voiceless demo in the city. 50 activists staged a silent march around the steps of the State Library holding posters that promoted kindness to animals and a vegan way of life.



On February 11, Melbourne Cow Save will hold a Valentine’s Day outreach event to educate the public on the truth about dairy chocolate and what vegan alternatives they can buy for Valentine’s Day instead.
RSVP: FB event page




Skåne Pig Save sent this update:
We had this year’s first vigil on January 31 and we had so many activists show up, about 16 in total. We did not manage to get up close to the pigs and get any good footage; out of the three trucks that came in today, two of them had all their little “windows” closed so you couldn’t see any pigs, and we did not manage to stop the third truck on time at the red lights. But we planted so many seeds today. We got some thumbs up from passers-by, which was encouraging. We had a couple of safety guards come up to us by the main street and they wanted to stop us from pushing the stop button at the red lights, but what can they do … it’s not illegal to cross the street.
Here’s a short video from our vigil last night outside the Scan’s slaughterhouse in Heidelberg: FB video. We didn’t get a chance this time to come so close to the pigs that we got during our last vigil, therefore we had no new pictures unfortunately. We were there anyway, and hopefully, we can still send out a message to the public. Maybe we sowed a seed in any of the motorists who drove past?




Spalding & Peterborough Animal Save made the news after their first vigil on January 25:
Watch as ‘terrified’ pigs cramped in lorry are sent for slaughter

West Midlands Animal Save held a vigil February 1 at Janan Meat slaughter plant in Kingswinford. They report:
Thank you to everyone who came to the vigil today. We were outnumbered by police and security staff at the vigil. Someone had either informed the slaughterhouse about our vigil despite it being secret, or police monitoring discovered the event. Janan Meats lied to us. They had a truck waiting around the corner, but told us it was an hour away. We came to an agreement for the first truck and bore witness but the second truck just went straight in, and we couldn’t slow it down. The police and slaughterhouse have persistently lied to us today and kept changing their stories — it is suspicious. Police were also using information-gathering tactics at the vigil and were quite rude towards us. We’ve negotiated and tried, but they are relentless. We’ve been peaceful and they’ve betrayed the agreement. It’s time to bring it up a notch, our way or no way. Despite this, when the last truck of the day arrived, the driver was sympathetic to our aim and stopped the truck for around three minutes, just as we’d been asking Janan Meats for weeks. All of this hassle could be resolved if they had stuck to their agreement for the first truck; we are not there to hassle them, we just want three minutes with the sheep. Here is some footage from today: FB video.







Welcome, Accomack County Chicken Save: They aim to bring awareness to the plight of factory-farmed chickens, and to help people live cruelty-free lives.
Find them on Facebook.

Welcome, Cleveland Farmed Animal Save: They will be hosting regular vigils outside of slaughterhouses throughout Northern Ohio. They will film, hold signs, stop trucks and give love and affection to those whose lives have been cut short.
Find them on Facebook and Instagram.


On January 30 The Save Movement and Phoenix Animal Liberation Society stopped trucks outside of JBS slaughterhouse in Tolleson, Arizona. Many activists bore witness for the first time. Please watch FB video of the vigil.


One purpose of the Tolleson vigil was to encourage the formation of an Arizona Save group, and this was a great success, as we can now announce a new group!

Welcome, Phoenix Animal Save. Their goal is to create “glass walls” at Phoenix-area slaughterhouses to expose the violence to animals and to encourage people to choose vegan, protect the environment, and support farm sanctuaries. PAS calls for a just transition for workers as we adjust our food economy to a local, organic, and plant-based diet.
Find them on Facebook and Instagram.







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, February 7, 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.
RSVP: Outreach
RSVP: Vigil

• Wednesday, February 8, 7:30 am – 9 am: Brampton Chicken Save Vigil at “Maple Lodge Farms” slaughter plant (8301 Winston Churchill Blvd)
RSVP: event page

• Wednesday, February 8, 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, February 9, 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 ( 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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