Toronto Pig Save & The Save Movement’s Weekly Updates – 6/3/17

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Dear friends,

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Lori Marino, an American neuroscientist who testified at the 5th day of the #pigTrial, said pigs have individual personalities. “They have self-awareness, self-agency and have a sense of themselves within the social community. Each one is a unique individual. Yes, they are Persons.”

PETA president Ingrid Newkirk will be amongst activists and community supporting Anita Krajnc, Co-Founder of Toronto Pig Save, for her final court hearing in Burlington, Canada.
The case is scheduled for 10am in Burlington Court. The defence and the Crown will present closing submissions while the world awaits Justice David Harris’ verdict.
Ms Krajnc was charged with criminal mischief in June 2015 after feeding water to dehydrated pigs in a transportation truck, bound for slaughter. The case has attracted global media coverage, and in previous trials Ms Krajnc’s lawyers James Silver and Gary Grill (both vegan) used virtual reality footage to show typical treatment of pigs in factory farms, leading to suggestions that the hearing was in fact putting animal agriculture on trial.

A simultaneous slaughterhouse vigil will take place at Fearman’s pig slaughterhouse, 10 minutes’ drive from the courthouse.

8:00 am: Vigil at Fearman’s slaughter plant at the corner of Harvester Road and Appleby Line (821 Appleby Line, Burlington)
9:00-10:00 am: Vigil at the Burlington courthouse at 2051 Plains Rd E, Burlington, Ontario, L7R 5A5
10:00 am: Concluding arguments

RSVP: FB event page

Outside the courthouse on October 3, activists show their support after Anita Krajnc testified about the duty and right to bear witness.

Worldwide Support
Organisations from around the world that together form The Save Movement will be holding slaughterhouse vigils in solidarity with the #pigtrial.
In Burlington, Toronto Pig Save, KW Animal Save, London Pig Save, Niagara Farmed Animal Save will be teaming up to hold a vigil outside Fearmans ‘Pork’ Inc.,  where the incident first happened. This will take place from 8-9am, after which there will be a courthouse vigil from 9-10am. Between 10-noon, concluding arguments will be presented, and the group are offering a free vegan lunch before returning to Fearmans to bear witness to more animals arriving there.
The following groups will also be holding worldwide vigils to show solidarity with the #pigtrial:

  • Ottawa Animal Save (Canada)
  • St John’s Chicken Save (Canada)
  • Portland Animal Save (USA)
  • North Carolina Animal Save (USA)
  • Melbourne Cow Save and Melbourne Sheep Save
  • Bristol Animal Save (UK)
  • Manchester Pig Save (UK)
  • Essex Pig Save (UK)
  • West Midlands Animal Save (UK)
  • NOmattatoio event (Italy)

The public are also encouraged to show support via social media by using the hashtag #pigtrial.

On November 10, 2016: Outside Fearman’s bearing witness while the #PigTrial continues. We stand with Anita.

#pigtrial vegan lawyers James Silver and Gary Grill. Photo: Jo-Anne MacArthur / We Animals

Please join PETA’s Ingrid Newkirk and other like-minded guests in Toronto forUnstoppable, an inspiring and moving presentation. The work of Toronto Pig Save will be recognized at this event.  A reception with light refreshments will follow the presentation.
Join PETA to help raise funds, celebrate their work, and have fun — all to aid animals in 2017. And bring a friend!
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, hanging out with my friend Darby. We’re lucky. Sometimes I think about all the animals who don’t get rescued and it makes me sad. Please go vegan and live a compassionate cruelty-free life!
Please follow/like my Instagram and Facebook pages.

Climate Vegan‘s core message is: Help save the planet by going vegan.
Forbes Magazine says to stop waiting for the government to fix climate crisis — waiting isn’t any kind of solution! The number 1 way for you to fight climate change? Go vegan: Nine things you can do about climate change
You can fight climate change starting on your plate. #govegan and save the earth with compassion. Remember and share this one simple fact: animal agriculture creates more greenhouse gases than all transport combined.



Thanks Fabian Pinto, organizer with Save Movement Lima, for the beautiful new The Save Movement logo.





Please watch video: On March 3, Guelph Cow Save activists ran on the road and stopped a transport truck so they could bear witness to the victims: the cows about to die inside the Cargil kill facility.




At their Weekly Saturday Chicken Vigil March 4 at Hallmark chicken slaughter plant, Vancouver Chicken Save activists were sprayed with a water hose by a slaughter plant worker. They still managed to bear witness and report:
“Bearing witness. Seeing them. Hearing them. Open your eyes. Listen. These chickens are fellow earthlings that want to live. They are voicing their fear. They do have a voice. This little sweetheart’s voice is raspy and sad but she’s still using it to cry out. We see you. We hear you. We love you. We’re trying. We’ll be back next week – of course – but with rain gear & umbrellas and loving kindness.”
Please watch video:







Welcome, Save Movement The Netherlands: Part of the worldwide network of Save groups bearing witness to farmed animals and promoting veganism and love-based, grassroots activism.
Their first vigil is set for March 22 in Boxtel: FB event page.






Please watch this moving video: “We Lost Everything.” They just wanted to live.





South Wales Animal Save (formerly Cardiff Pig Save) held a vigil on February 22 at St. Merryn’s slaughterhouse in Merthyr.

Video by Vikki Fauna




Suffolk Animal Save held their second all-day vigil on February 27, at C&K Meats in the morning and then at Eye Poultry in the afternoon.

The first touch of sunshine on my face,
But around the corner; my death for your taste.
(Read the rest of this poem dedicated to a young innocent pig at this link)




Welcome, Shropshire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Animal Save, the 40th Save group in the UK!






Los Angeles Animal Save‘s latest vigil took place on February 27 at Farmer John’s slaughter plant. Please watch this video report by Gabriel Casas:

On Joaquin Phoenix’s advice, we held a two-minute moment of silence/meditation at the beginning of the vigil…for the pigs and to work together as a group to build a calm, loving energy field. It was absolutely incredible what these activists did that night, and will continue to do at the vigils. Thank you.





On March 3 Portland Animal Save held a vigil for cows. Please watch videos:

“Dan, a vegan of 25 years, stopped by to chat with us at our vigil today. So awesome to meet him and hear what he had to say about veganism!”
“One thing you can do to save the planet is become a vegan.”
Please watch:







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, March 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 9:00-11:30 am at “St. Helen’s Meat Packers” slaughter plant at 1 Glen Scarlett Road.
RSVP: Outreach
RSVP: Vigil

• WednesdayMarch 8, 7:30 am – 9:00 am: Brampton Chicken Save Vigil at “Maple Lodge Farms” slaughter plant (8301 Winston Churchill Blvd)
RSVPevent page

• Wednesday, March 8, 6-7 pm:  Vigil at Conestoga “Meat” Packers. Hosted by KW Animal Save.
RSVPevent page

• Thursday, March 9, 8 am – 12 noon:  (See top of newsletter for #pigtrial courthouse vigil info) 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).

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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