Don’t turn away. Join us! Bear witness at weekly vigils (please scroll down for vigil schedule)
On Tuesday, April 11, The Save Movement will launch a new way to reach the public on behalf of exploited animals, giving new meaning to giving slaughterhouses “glass walls”: we’ll begin reporting live from our vigils, thus allowing bearing witness into the heart of communities in and around the Greater Toronto Area, starting with the Toronto Cow Save weekly vigil at Ryding-Regency slaughter plant in Toronto. The goal of this project is to bring the experience of bearing witness into the lives of people who potentially don’t even know about the tremendous injustice happening in their community. These live broadcasts will help uncover the atrocities normally hidden to an urban population and challenge the normalization of violence against animals. At each event, we will be giving out information about the slaughterhouses operating in that community and information about The Save Movement, animal rights and veganism.
Loblaws, 60 Carlton Street, Toronto, Ontario RSVP: event page
Please join us for the Pig Trial verdict date on Thursday, May 4. 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 May 4th with the verdict.
Fearman’s vigil 7:30 – 8:30 am
Court will begin in Courtroom 11 at 9:00 am
An all-day slaughter plant vigil will take place at Fearman’s “Pork” Inc. slaughter plant, a 10-minute drive from the courthouse.
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.
If you are unable to attend, you can still follow! There will be livestreaming from both the courthouse and from the vigil on the Toronto Pig Save page.
Climate Vegan‘s core message is: Help save the planet by going vegan.
Climate Vegan and Gaia LifeForce shared a booth at The Green Living Showover the weekend. Ray Kowalchuk reports:
“3 days of the Green Living Show and I didn’t encounter a single soul who challenged that animal agriculture is a leading cause of climate change. How many did we convince that climate change is the crisis of our age and veganism is the solution? Many.”
THE SAVE MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD
Welcome, Mitchell Turkey Save in Ontario. They will hold vigils for the chickens at the Sofina slaughter plant in Dublin, among other places.
Find them on Facebook.
St. John’s Chicken Save has a new message for the public:
“If you’re in the east end of St. John’s, check out the new billboard from St. John’s Chicken Save!”
London Chicken Save sent this report from their early morning vigil on April 4, at Cargill ‘Meats’ slaughter plant in London:
“Two trucks carrying chickens arrived during our vigil (both covered), but due to poor weather and visibility, we were not able to stop either of them to bear witness or document. Thank you to everyone who made it out despite the rain!”
On April 2, Melbourne Chicken Save held their first leafleting session at KFC and Nandos in the city. They gave out 100s of flyers informing the public of who they were about to eat and how their meal suffered to get to their plate. They then joined with the Animal Activist Collective for their Sunday Glass Walls session in Bourke St Mall. And as you can see, some wonderful chalking was also done!
Melbourne Chicken Save sent this report from their April 5 vigil:
“50 activists gathered to hold a Melbourne Chicken Save vigil at the La Ionica chicken slaughterhouse in Thomastown, where they kill 500,000 innocent baby chickens every week. Management and the truck drivers would not agree to stopping any of the trucks for just 2 minutes, to allow us to witness the chickens on their way in to their deaths. We attempted to peacefully stop 4 trucks, but they kept driving, nearly knocking several people over. We had fantastic projection and a light brigade by EvoLens.”
On April 5 Melbourne Cow Save and Melbourne Sheep Save held another city vigil in an attempt to draw the attention of pedestrians and people in passing cars, to the animals heading to slaughter on the trucks that travel through the streets of Melbourne.
Melbourne Sheep Save had its Inaugural Rally on April 8, in the Melbourne Central Business District. Approximately 80 people turned out to support sheep and educate people about the reality of the industry and its inherent animal cruelty.
Animal rights and activism are again in the news in the UK: SURGE and The Save Movement activist Ed Winters (Earthling Ed) is interviewed by Sky News about the cruel fur industry and its practices. Please watch:
Lincolnshire Animal Save sent this report from their vigil for the cows on March 27:
“Leanne Marie, an activist who attended our recent Cow Vigil at Dovecote Park LTD slaughterhouse in Skellingthorpe, has created this video. We find this video really moving and quite powerful.”
Please join Bedfordshire Animal Save as they bear witness to innocent cows and sheep bound for slaughter at Dawn Meats Cardington slaughter plant.
April 12 at 7 AM – 11 AM
Event page here.
West Yorkshire Save sent this video report from their vigil on April 5 at Yorkshire Poultry Products in Bradford:
“We were at Yorkshire Poultry Products in Bradford bearing witness to baby chickens arriving for slaughter 💔 Thank you to everyone who joined us to bear witness.”
Los Angeles Animal Save activist Terran Vincent Baylor shared this report and images from their latest vigil on April 2 at Farmer John’s slaughter plant:
“Haunting to see 25 trucks within just a couple hours drive down this street and enter the plant. This is ‘FARMER JOHNS’ — you know that packaging in the stores! These peaceful, intelligent, loving animals are now going to be packaged and delivered via another set of trucks. These pigs are going to be butchered, fried, roasted, and be on plates soon… Some of the trucks were three levels high – filled with 120-200 pigs each. We encountered more trucks than usual, but there is no ‘usual’ when it comes to animals being slaughtered and dead body parts being wrapped in nice pretty containers – ready for the supermarkets!
A single policeman was present during the entire action. Nobody did anything against the law. Nothing is wrong with realizing animals are not for us to breed, control, use, discard, and eat. Please do not think this is an excuse to make people feel guilty, it is a way to bridge the gap in understanding — and realization that WE ARE ALL THE SAME souls! Do not get angry at people that do not understand — they are just as brainwashed as most of us were. This isn’t war and peace, this is love and education.”
Smithfield Pig Save sent this report from a recent vigil outside Smithfield Packing slaughter plant. Please watch:
A few blocks away from the gas chambers of the world’s largest pig slaughterhouse — Smithfield Packing in Tar Heel, NC. Beautiful baby pigs, just 6 months old, are exhausted, confused, and frightened.
This is Chino Cow Save‘s inspiring report from their April 9 vigil:
“A BIG THANK YOU to every one of the 30 activists that came out today, even knowing that we might not see cows. Thank you for understanding that we need to show a continued large presence at these vigils, so that management starts taking us seriously. We disrupted their normal truck schedule and that’s something significant. Additionally, a lot of the workers came out to see us, which gave us the opportunity to give them handouts for slaughterhouse worker rights and a hotline they could call. Almost all of them gladly accepted one.”
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, April 11,9:30 am – 11:30 am: The Save Movement’s LiveWitness launch
Loblaws 60 Carlton, 60 Carlton Street, Toronto, Ontario RSVP: event page
• Wednesday,April 12, 6-7 pm: KW Animal Save vigil at Conestoga “Meat” Packers. RSVP: event page
• Thursday, April 13, 8 am – 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
• Thursday, April 13, 8-10 pm: Toronto Chicken Save evening vigil at Maple Leaf “Foods” Inc. slaughter plant at 100 Ethel Ave. 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
Please consider becoming a Pig Saver, join Toronto Pig Save’s Monthly Donor program or give a special, one-time gift.
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 six years, The Save Movement has grown to over 100 Save groups around the world. Our dream is to have regular vigils at every slaughter plant 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.
Please share, tweet, and forward to a friend using the buttons on the top of this page.