Toronto Pig Save & The Save Movement’s Weekly Updates – 13/2/17

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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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Seeking Love
Pigs are individuals – other beings here with us, simply seeking love. Going vegan and offering a moment of compassion is the least we can do. Please watch viral FB video here.
Video by Abby McCuaig


In this talk on February 19, DxE lead investigator and former law professor Wayne Hsiung will:
– explain the strategy and law behind creating a mass movement for open rescue;
– detail the efforts made by Big Ag, from China to Whole Foods, to suppress transparency in the food system;
– discuss recent allegations of “ecoterrorism,” and how activists can effectively respond to attempts to chill our movement from powerful action.

RSVP: FB event page


Pig Trial Courthouse Vigil for Anita Krajnc

Please join us in support of the right of pigs to be treated as individuals, not property! Toronto Pig Save’s Anita Krajnc trial continues on March 9th with closing statements. Anita was charged with criminal mischief and interference with property in connection with an incident on June 22nd, 2015, at a vigil in Burlington. Come to be the voice for the millions of pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animals that needlessly suffer and are killed each day!
A simultaneous slaughterhouse vigil will take place at Fearman’s pig slaughterhouse, 10 minutes’ drive from the courthouse.
March 9, 8:45 am – 12 pm. Schedule TBA
RSVP: FB event page


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


Hi, I’m Lily the Mother Goat, here with my dear friend Ooby, named after Bite Size Vegan‘s beautiful dog. Rose and Anthea are my sweet Climate Veganfriends. They said the group is doing a banner drop from the bridge at the Gardiner expressway’s Jameson exit this morning at rush hour. Thanks for trying to save animals and the planet.
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Late on February 7 a barn just outside Dorchester, Ontario went up in flames killing an unknown number of chickens. London Chicken Save  held a vigil on February 8 for the lives lost and to bring awareness to the suffering caused by using living beings for food.
“We had a great turnout for a last-minute event with activists from not just London and Dorchester, but also Ingersoll, Kitchener/Waterloo, and even Niagara!”



Windsor Pig Save held a vigil at Weston Abattoir Ltd. slaughter plant in Maidstone.



Please watch video taken at the weekly KW Animal Save vigil at Conestoga “Meat” Packers on January 8. Perhaps more than the sights, it will be the poor pigs’ screams that will haunt anyone. There is nothing humane about this industry.
Video by Abby McCuaig



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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On February 7 50 people attended Brisbane Animal Save‘s first action outside Teys Slaughterhouse at Beenleigh, south of Brisbane. They report: “It was tremendous to see the already high level of support. Regular vigils to bear witness to the suffering of the approximately 1,000 cows killed each week day at this facility are planned.”
Please watch FB video.



On February 11, Melbourne Cow Save held a Valentine’s Day outreach event. They report: “We had a group of amazing activists in Bourke Street today distributing Loving Earth Chocolate and information to help educate the public on why cruelty-free chocolate is the BEST thing to give to your loved one on Valentine’s Day 🙂 We distributed 400 leaflets to passersby on Bourke Street in less than an hour! Love shouldn’t hurt anyone else, so why give your loved one a box of cruelty when you can give them kindness? Dairy milk chocolate is cruelty. Chocolate that contains milk is cruelty.”



15 activists attended the Melbourne Chicken Save vigil at the Baiada chicken slaughterhouse early on February 10. “We had five minutes each with three trucks, to witness these sweet babies on their way to be slaughtered.”

Seven baby “broiler” chickens recently rescued by activists. Here they are pictured in their current foster home.



On February 12, representatives from all four Melbourne Save groups attended a live radio interview on the Freedom of Species show on local radio 3CR. The podcast can be downloaded here:




Welcome, Hong Kong Pig Save. “We are a love-based animal rights organization. We organise regular vigils in Tsuen Wan and bear witness to the pigs as they are sent to slaughterhouses.”
Find them on Facebook and Instagram.
They’ve already held two vigils on February 9 and 11. They report:  “We are grateful our first vigil was ‘successful’ as we are able to bear witness to the pigs. The pigs we saw just now would be slaughtered later on today. The owner/workers were suspecting us the whole time but we tried to be friendly and hope to maintain a neutral relationship. We are eager to convey the injustice behind this to the masses via social media.”





Congratulations, Irish Animal Save for holding Ireland’s first Save vigil, held February 3 at Rosderra Irish Meats, Roscrea,  Co. Tipperary. “Looking into their eyes, documenting and publicising their anguish helps us to create a collective conscience that the animal-consuming members of our society so desperately need to connect with. This is just the beginning. Please join us at our next vigil.”





Bolton Chicken Save held their latest vigil on February 2 at Bolton “Poultry” Products slaughterhouse. Please watch FB video.

After the slaughterhouse, activists took their message to the Sainsburys grocery store. Please watch FB video.



Manchester Chicken Save‘s first vigil took place on February 9 at Kosher “Poultry” in Manchester. They report:
“A massive thank you to everyone who came today, so pleased with the turnout! It’s a shame the slaughterhouse decided to change the times of the trucks today – makes us wonder what they have to hide? Thanks to everyone who spoke to passersby as well, surprisingly no bad reactions and overwhelming support from local residents who told us they’d been campaigning to close the SH for a few years.”




Welcome, new U.K. Save groups.

Dundee Animal Save in Scotland bears witness to animals sent to slaughter using a love-based community organising approach.
Their first vigil is set for March 1: event page.


Guildford Animal Save aims to bear witness to animals arriving for slaughter with peaceful vigils, and to promote veganism.
Find them on Facebook and Instagram.
Their first vigil is set for March 7: event page.


Wigan Animal Save will bear witness and comfort the lives about to enter the slaughterhouse, using a love-based approach.
Their first vigil is set for February 20: event page.
Greeley Cow Save held their latest regular vigils on January 28 and February 3 outside the JBS cow slaughter plant.

Piles of precious cow skins being trucked down the street in Greeely, Colorado. These skins came from “spent” dairy cows. These are cows that no longer produce milk for humans so they are killed. We witnessed these skins being piled up against a concrete wall at JBS. This is the reality of consuming living beings.




Please watch video taken at Mao Foods, a chicken slaughter plant in Los Angeles, during Los Angeles Animal Save‘s vigil January 31. These baby chickens suffer unimaginable torture: FB video.
From the slaughter plant’s website: “Our chickens are raised free range, humanely, at small farms in California. They’re fed all natural grains, without meat by-products, hormones, or steroids. You will taste the difference. There is only one source for Jidori® Chicken, and we are proud to serve you the best chicken in the world.” The evidence makes the slaughter plant a liar.
Video by AJ Jivdaya.




On February 18 organizers from Seattle Farmed Animal Save will be hosting a peaceful morning vigil outside the Enumclaw Sales Pavilion to raise awareness and educate the public. This will be the first official event for Seattle Farmed Animal Save. “We will be starting just as the animals are brought into the pavilion, and demonstrating during the first part of the morning ‘poultry’ auction, which includes chickens, ducks, geese, peacocks, quail, pheasant, lovebirds, parakeets and cockatiels. We plan to organize regular events here and will hold vigils during the afternoon auctions, which include pigs, sheep, goats, day-old calves, and dairy cows.”
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


• Tuesday, February 14, 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

• Tuesday, February 14, 8 – 10 am: Valentine’s Day Brampton Chicken Save Vigil at “Maple Lodge Farms” slaughter plant (8301 Winston Churchill Blvd)
RSVP: event page

• Wednesday, February 15, 6-7 pm:  Vigil at Conestoga Meat Packers. Hosted by KW Animal Save.
RSVPevent page

• Thursday, February 16, 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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