Don’t turn away. Join us! Bear witness at weekly vigils (please scroll down for vigil schedule)
On June 4, animal rights activists held the third Toronto National Animal Rights Day, part of an international event established by “Our Planet. Theirs too.” NARD events were held in major cities across North America. There was music and speeches, and activists marched to City Hall to ask for an Animal Bill of Rights. It was a moving and memorable way to honour the animal victims.
Please join us for the Toronto March to Close All Slaughterhouses on Saturday, June 10. The city’s streets will be taken over by people like you to publicly demand the end of the violence inflicted on billions upon billions of nonhuman animals who are exploited, murdered and consumed for food.
Also join Toronto Pig, Cow and Chicken Saves for an all-day vigil on Monday June 12. This event is part of a 3-day weekend of action in collaboration with Toronto March to Close All Slaughterhouses and DxE Toronto.
DxE Toronto event page here.
All-Day Vigil event page here.
Ooby the lamb was just two months old when she was rescued by Toronto Cow Save activists on March 30 2016. She passed away on May 22. On June 2, a vigil was held to honour her and to bear witness to the many others who are needlessly killed at St. Helen’s “Meat” Packers slaughter plant in Toronto.
Photos by Agnes Cseke
Hi, I’m Lily the Mother Goat.
Thank you Mariah for these beautiful words about Ooby.
“Rescue work is so important, it brings great joys; it also brings great sorrows. My heart is broken knowing I will never get to hold you again; it is full knowing the life you were liberated from. You were able to know what it is to be an individual, not a number. You made friendships, discovered your likes and dislikes, you were given the chance that all beings deserve, to just BE. You taught me more then anyone will ever understand, I am honoured that we got to spend the time we did together. Your story of liberation touched the hearts of hundreds.”
Climate Vegan‘s core message is: Help save the planet by going vegan.
On May 27, 2017, Mo Markham of Climate Vegan addressed a crowd at Divest Waterloo‘s vegan and vegetarian dinner in St. John’s Upper Parish Hall in Kitchener: “Food for Thought About Food and Climate Change – Climate Conversations Potluck.” Divest Waterloo promotes fossil-free investment choices for the sake of our climate and planet. Attendees prepared vegan and vegetarian dishes, focusing on local ingredients. Mo encouraged them to see the power of choice we each have three times a day as we choose and prepare food. She encouraged them to look at the cost to the planet and climate of animal agriculture versus plant agriculture.
THE SAVE MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD
Between June 5 and June 9 the Worldwide 5-Day Save is taking place, following the original 5-Day Save that Mathew Karlsson held in November 2016 at Manchester Pig Save. Three fundraisers are being held during these events to support Pigs in the Woods, HeartCure and 5 Sanctuaries (North Carolina).
Sixteen groups worldwide are taking part.
Ribfest season is in full swing, so committed activists are making sure to be present to tell fest-goers about the cruelty in every body part they consume.
The Newmarket Rib Fest outreach took place on May 27. Organizer Pamela Joy writes:
“Heartfelt gratitude and love being sent to these brave advocates, who spoke up for our animal friends for over 5.5 hours on Saturday at Newmarket Rib Fest. Doing these events is never easy. Compassion, kindness and patience and a fortitude that enables one to remember who we are doing this for. We do it for our animal friends, human and non. Because we want peace for every body.”
And about the “Pickering No Ribs To Spare Outreach” event which took place on June 2, Pamela shares:
“One of the best outreach events ever. Love and gratitude to our powerhouse team for the animals. Matt, single dad to nine-year-old Neva who decided she didn’t want to contribute to animal suffering four months ago, learned that protein gummy bears are not needed. Toronto Pig Save shirts were gifted to two new compassionate hearts.
Niagara Farm Animal Save will bear witness June 9 at Port Colborne Poultry as part of the Worldwide 5-Day Vigil:
“Please join us on June 9th from 8am – 12pm at Port Colborne Poultry. Port Colborne Poultry, previously known as Pinty’s, is an industrial slaughterhouse which processes over 60,000 chickens a week.
This protest will be apart of the 5-day vigil happening simultaneously worldwide. We will also be joining KW Animal Save and Guelph Cow Save for their vigils that are happening within the 5 days.”
Save Movement Lima had a booth at Vegan Fest Arequipa over the weekend of May 27-28. They report:
“Thanks to The Save Movement for supporting this work and spreading and creating awareness. Thanks for video footage to Paola Ibarra, Karol Marocho, Rodrigo Santa Cruz, Maria Hallasi, Ladi Coaguila, Angie Vargas, Geovani Muñoz, Fabian PL and all the people who attended or were interested in creating Save Movement Arequipa. Before you support and pay for the skin and flesh of these animals, put yourself in their place. Born, raised and killed in the cruelest way for human consumption and use, causing abysmal damage to them, environmental impact and detriment to your health every time you consume ‘products’ derived from each of these non-human animals.
Watch video of the vegfest:Thanks to the efforts of the Save organizers, a new Save group has been formed in Peru.
Bienvenido, Save Movement Arequipa! A first vigil in Arequipa has already been held. Watch (graphic):
West Yorkshire Save activist bore witness to pigs at Simon-Fleisch slaughter plant, Wittlich, Germany. Will you remember them?
Sussex Animal Save had a very positive and successful first vigil on June 5.
“Bearing witness at Tottingworth Farm to 10-month-old pigs who are moments away from an unimaginable hell, all for the sake of taste and convenience.” Please watch:
Welcome, Lowcountry Animal Save. They will regularly bear witness to sad and frightened animals on transport trucks at slaughterhouses, at live markets and factory farms. Find them on Facebook.
From their June 4 vigil for the pigs at Farmer Johns slaughter plant, Los Angeles Animal Save reports:
“What an honor to have incredible activist Jo-Anne McArthur bear witness and capture harrowing and heartbreaking images of sentient individuals bound for slaughter. Thank you, Jo-Anne, for all you do for the animals.”
“A Los Angeles Animal Save vigil. Terrible to see the fear, the thirst, the conditions the animals are trucked in. But we need to see. And we need to do something about it. So I say again what I always say: Please don’t turn away.”
Bay Area Animal Save‘s first vigil took place June 4 at Petaluma Poultry chicken slaughter plant. They report:
“Last night, at our very first vigil, we managed to stop a truck crammed full of hens, sick and injured, on their way to their death. They were scared. They were hopeless. They were covered in feces. We named this hen in the video Mercy. Mercy’s back was rotting. She was languishing in pain, with her body laying on the floor and her eyes begging for mercy, for any sign of compassion. We couldn’t save Mercy this time, but she will not be forgotten. Mercy’s sick and diseased body will become someone’s food tonight. But we will fight for her sisters and for all animals until every one of them is free.”
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
• Thursday, June 8, 7 – 8 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, June 8, 7:30-10 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.
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