Toronto Pig Save & The Save Movement’s Weekly Updates – 17/7/17

Categories: The Save Movement news,Toronto Pig Save news,Toronto-area Save groups news


Dear friends,

Don’t turn away. Join us! Bear witness at weekly vigils (please scroll down for vigil schedule)


Join us for a potluck with Chris Van Breen, DxE nonviolence trainer
Join DxE and The Save Movement in an evening of good food and good company as we welcome Chris Van Breen.
Friday July 21, 6-9 pm, 34 Little Norway Crescent, Toronto
RSVP: event page

Join us for Non-Violence Training: July 22-23
Join us for a two-day workshop exploring Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence and the strategies of the Civil Rights Movement. See how the lessons of the past can be applied in the present. The event will be hosted and facilitated by Chris Van Breen, who is a co-founder of Direct Action Everywhere. He works with the East Point Peace Academy and the Kingian Nonviolence Coordinating Committee. This workshop has helped thousands of people in various social justice movements as well as in prisons, law enforcement, schools and other communities understand the depth of the philosophy of nonviolence and conflict reconciliation.
RSVP: event page.
Sat. July 22 – Northern District Library, room 224, 40 Orchard View Blvd, Toronto, ON M4R 1B9 (Eglinton subway station) – map –
Sun. July 23 – Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON M4M 1H3 (Queen St. E & Broadview Ave), map –

We highly encourage folks to attend Monday’s Action for Chickens following this training where we will apply what we learned by conducting a special action as part of the day’s event.

Action for Chickens
Monday July 24, 3-10 pm
Join Direct Action Everywhere and Toronto Chicken Save as we demand at City Hall that the City of Toronto recognize the consciousness of chickens and acknowledge that there is no humane way to exploit them. This will be followed by a historic march (2+ hours) from City Hall to the Maple Leaf Poultry slaughterhouse demonstrating our willingness for self-sacrifice towards the liberation of animals. The march will include a disruption of a Canada Post postal station where we will demand an end to the shipping of live baby chicks through the mail, part of the invisible #TRUTH behind backyard chickens.
3:00 – Meet up and briefing at Toronto Peace Garden, near City Hall
3:30 – Action at City Hall
4:30 – March including disruption
7:30 – Rara’s amazing food followed by Chicken Vigil
RSVP: event page


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Bearing witness to pigs being loaded onto full transport truck
Manitoba Animal Save bore witness to pigs in transport trucks at a gas station on Highway #1 West in Headingley, Manitoba, on July 10. They report:
“The truck was stopped at a gas station where it met another transport truck and more pigs were loaded onto the truck. The small pink pigs were extremely stressed and scared when the larger brown pigs were loaded onto the truck. The brown pigs were frothing at the mouth and gladly took water from activists. These pigs were on their way to slaughter in Brandon, Manitoba, at Maple Leaf Foods where 85,000 pigs a week are slaughtered. Please join Manitoba Animal Save and help us work to save these animals. No one deserves this fate. We are sorry, we are trying.”


On July 16 Melbourne Pig Save held a vigil at Diamond Valley Pork in Laverton. About 40 activists were able to stop 2 trucks to say goodbye to the pigs. Many pigs were highly distressed and screaming. Others were curious and just wanted a pat and comfort.


Welcome, Thame Market Animal Save and Jersey Animal Save.

Thame Market Animal Save will focus on the animals being used and sold in the meat and dairy industry. “We hold regular vigils for these animals by following the journey of transportation, to and from the farmers market. By bearing witness together we will expose their suffering.”
Find them on Facebook
First vigil: August 11 Event page

Jersey Animal Save bears witness to animals going to slaughter using a love-based community approach.
Find them on Facebook

Hertfordshire Chicken Save bore witness to chickens outside Bell Farm, Hemel Hempstead. Please watch:


Please welcome new U.S. Save groups.

Brooklyn Chicken Save
Find them on Facebook.


Fresno Save Movement – Central Valley
Fresno Save Movement bears witness to the suffering of farmed animals before they are sent to slaughter.
Find them on Facebook.

Accomack County Chicken Save in Virginia held their first vigil July 16 at the Perdue slaughterhouse. There were 8 activists.

Wisconsin Animal Save held their first vigil July 13 at Franklin Meats, a slaughter plant south of Milwaukee. 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, July 18, 7:30 am – 11:30 am: Toronto Slaughterhouses Exposed! at the corner of St. Clair and Keele, 7:30-9:30 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: Vigil
• Wednesday, July 19, 6:30-7:30 pm: KW Animal Save’s Weekly Outreach and Weekly Vigil at Conestoga Meat Packers.
Outreach, 5:00 – 6:30
Weekly Pig Vigil, 6:30 – 7:30

• Thursday, July 20, 8 – 10 am: Toronto Pig Save Vigil in Burlington in front of Fearmans “Pork” Inc. slaughter plant at the corner of Harvester and Appleby Line (right by the Appleby GO train station).
RSVP: event page

• Thursday, July 20, 7:30-10 pm: Toronto Chicken Save 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


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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 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 ( 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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