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FREEDOM FOR ALL! JUSTICE FOR ANIMALS!
The 5th Toronto March to Close All Slaughterhouses took over central Toronto streets on June 10 to demand freedom and justice for all animals and an end to their exploitation and murder. Marches take place in other cities around the world too. Thousands of residents and visitors were impacted by the sight of so many passionate activists fighting for freedom for all. The march included two die-ins at major intersections, during which the actual recorded screams of animals inside slaughter plants were played.
Photos by Agnes Cseke
Rally Against the Yulin Dog Meat Festival
The Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation (AHWF) and Toronto Pig Save joined forces to put on a large-scale demonstration to speak out against China’s dog meat trade and the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which lasts 10 days beginning on June 21st.
Protesters gathered outside the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in downtown Toronto to peacefully demand an end to this horrific festival and trade.
Photos by Jenny McQueen
Please watch Agnes Cseke’s viral video from a Toronto Cow Save vigil at St Helen’s slaughter plant:
WATCH live video from Toronto Pig Save’s special June 11 vigil at Fearmans “Pork” slaughter plant, part of the weekend of action for animal liberation June 10-12. Activists from all over North America joined us to bear witness.
There is a heat advisory in effect in the Toronto area, which means the pigs suffer more than usual. Activist Ananda Elora writes: “Trucks full of 6-month-old baby pigs arriving at Fearmans. They’ll be held overnight until they’re sent to the gas chambers in the morning.”
Join us for the second half of the All Day Vigil on Monday June 12.
* Rachel Hipp will be giving a talk on “How to Start a Microsanctuary”. Rachel is a Michigan-based animal rights activist and animal caretaker. Rachel currently serves as the Board President for the Microsanctuary Movement, member of the DxE Global Animal Care Team and as moderator for the popular Facebook group, Vegans with Chickens. Rachel is the co-founder of Sanctuary Moon and has been rescuing formerly “farmed” animals since 2014. Rachel resides with her husband Ryan, 16 roosters, 6 hens, 4 ducks, 2 goats and 11 cats.
* Nancy (Gaia LifeForce) presents “Stress Management through Lifestyle and Nutrition”
* Amy Jean Davis, Los Angeles Animal Save organizer and American Idol musician, will perform in the evening.
7:00 – 10:00 am – Fearmans Pork, Harvester Road and Appleby Line in Burlington
11:00 – noon – Ryding-Regency and St. Helens Meat packers in Toronto, Glen Scarlet Road.
Outreach and Lunch provided by RaRa’s Vegan Catering
3:00-4:00 Self-Care Workshop with Nancy
4:00 – 7:00 – Ryding-Regency to witness the dumping of the cow heads and intestines (this can happen anytime during this time window, more trucks may also arrived) (or chicken vigil)
7:00 – 10:00 – Maple Leaf Foods Poultry, 100 Ethel Avenue
8:30 – Amy Jean Davis performs live
Climate Vegan‘s core message is: Help save the planet by going vegan and becoming active.
So many of the world’s problems are either caused or made worse by one single industry: animal agriculture. When you switch to a vegan diet and lifestyle, you are lessening your impact on all of these problems, and you’re taking the world closer to solving them.
THE SAVE MOVEMENT AT THE FEST
The Save Movement ‘Hello Europe!’ 2017 Tour Begins at Vegan Summer Festival Brighton
Throughout the coming months, we will be spreading the word and travelling to vegan events throughout Europe to meet new people and start new Save groups. In the past year, The Save Movement has grown immensely in the UK, with now over 40 groups, so we are looking to spreading this further to build up a network of groups throughout Europe.
First up was the Vegan Summer Festival in Brighton, England. We worked with the newly formed group Sussex Animal Save to promote their first vigil and inform people about the work of The Save Movement. Around 35 activists joined together to bear witness to animals arriving at Tottingworth Farm in Sussex. Thank you to everybody who was involved with this first vigil, and to everyone who supported us at the Vegan Summer Festival in Brighton. This was a hugely successful first event!
Essex Pig Save – Southend Vegan Fair
Essex Pig Save held a stall at the first ever Southend Vegan Fair in Essex. The event was a great success with most stalls sold out by the early afternoon, bringing together a local community of vegans and vegan-curious locals. Our stall had a great response. We had many interesting conversations with the public and sold some of our brand new Essex Pig Save T-Shirts and other merchandise. We were able to talk to a lot of people about the work we do and why we do it. Many had heard of our group, but had the feeling that they wouldn’t have the strength to attend vigils. After explaining how empowering and inspiring the vigils are, as an opportunity to come together to stand up for animals and meet like-minded people at the same time, we received several messages after the event from people saying they plan to join one of our future vigils.
Thank you to everybody who came to see us at Southend Vegan Fair and for your support and kind words!
On June 8 KW Animal Save held an Extended Pig Vigil, part of the Worldwide 5-Day Save, to bear witness to the pigs at Conestoga ‘Meat’ Packers. Please watch video:
On June 8, Melbourne Chicken Save held another night vigil at La Ionica chicken slaughterhouse in Thomastown. Dillon Watkin reports:
“Here are just a few of the 500,000 6-8 week old broiler chicks that are murdered at La Ionicas every week. Just babys who have never done any wrong, who have never hurt anyone, never known a life free of oppression, never experienced love or compassion. Imagine what they have endured every single day and what they will endure during their last moments. No being deserves this, especially not the purest and most vulnerable beings on the planet. Choose to live a compassionate life, it will be the most rewarding decision you will ever make.”
On June 10, Melbourne Fish Save held their first vigil at the Melbourne Sealife Aquarium. About 50 activists attended and 500 informative flyers were handed out to the public, outlining why we need to stop eating fish right now, for the future of our oceans, planets and ourselves, not to mention the huge scale of cruelty and pain that is associated with all types of fishing. It was a really successful, educational day!
Also on June 10, Animal Activists Australia in collaboration with Melbourne Chicken Save and EvoLens projected footage from the Eggs Exposed campaign on a Southbank wall in front of Southgate. The focus was on the projection and eggsexposed.com. There was a light brigade with the www.chickenchoices.com website displayed.
Welcome, Yokohama Animal Save, the first Save group in Japan. Find them on Facebook.
Their mission: “We will see the animals’ last moments at the slaughterhouse in Tsurumi Ward, Yokohama. We will give love to animals that were born to be killed.”
Welcome, Cheshire East Animal Save. They will bear witness to animals sent to slaughter, using a love-based community organising approach.
Find them on Facebook.
The Worldwide 5-Day Save took place between June 5 and June 9, following the original 5-Day Save that Mathew Karlsson held in November 2016 at Manchester Pig Save. Please watch videos from some of the U.K. vigils:
From their June 5 vigil with Gloucestershire Animal Save, East London Chicken Save sent this shocking video report:
“Scenes of pure horror today as we stood with Gloucestershire Animal Save. THIS is the reality of lamb flesh products.” “There is no humane way to kill someone who doesn’t want to die!”
Welcome, Lexington Pig Save. Their goals are to raise awareness about the plight of farmed animals, to help people become vegan, and to build a mass-based, grassroots animal justice movement.
Find them on Facebook.
After day 4 of their 5-Day Save, North Carolina Farmed Animal Save reported:
“Thank you to James DeAlto for pulling together this video from today’s vigil in Wallace and Clinton, featuring so many of the great voices who joined us, including James Aspey, Wayne Hsiung, and Ryan Phillips!
“Thank you so, so much to everyone who came out today and stood with North Carolina Farmed Animal Save. We can’t tell you how much it means to have people show up and stand up for what is right – especially a group as awesome and diverse and talented and helpful as this. We appreciate how everyone pitched in, rolled with the change in venue, conducted outreach, made your voices heard, and were just all around awesome and supportive of each other! So grateful for you all!”
And on day 5, from the world’s largest pig slaughterhouse, Smithfield Packing Tar Heel: “6-month-old babes on the way to slaughter. Please join us to create a kinder future.”
They also bore witness to chickens. Activist Cayla Nichols reports:
“The pigs and chickens are scared, dirty, and in poor condition when we see them. With spray paint on their backs, we see them as more than just somebody’s ‘property.’ We see them as more than just a food product. We see them for who they are. We see them as the babies that never got to know what grass feels like.”
Knoxville Farmed Animal Save held an All Day Event with James Aspey on June 7. The day included bearing witness at a slaughter plant and putreach in a market area. Watch videos:
Bearing witness at Koch Foods in Morristown.
Farmer’s Market Outreach at Market Square.
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 15, 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 15, 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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