Toronto Pig Save & The Save Movement’s Weekly Updates – 30/7/17

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Dear friends,

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



The Animal Rights National Conference 2017 is taking place August 3-6 in Washington, D.C. The Save Movement will have a booth. Come by and say hi.
Anita Krajnc and Amy Jean Davis of Los Angeles Animal Save will introduce the film Okja on Thursday, and Anita will speak Friday about starting new Save groups, and on Saturday about the Pig Trial: Compassion is not a crime.

The Save Movement organizers will also join local U.S. Save groups for vigils:
August 7 in Mount Airy, Maryland for Maryland Farmed Animal Save‘s first vigil Event page
August 7 in Smithfield, Virginia, with Smithfield Pig Save Event page
August 8 in Tar Heel, North Carolina with North Carolina Farmed Animal Save, Smithfield Pig Save, Augusta Ga Animal Save and SC Chicken Save Event page
August 9 in Clinton, North Carolina with North Carolina Farmed Animal Save Event page

Action for Chickens campaign launched
Direct Action Everywhere Toronto and Toronto Chicken Save teamed up July 24 2017, and took to the streets to speak out against a proposal by city councillors to permit backyard chickens as a pilot project. Not only is the treatment of animals as property objectionable, shipping baby chicks through Canada Post is cruel. In addition to ethical concerns, health concerns stem from past cases of salmonella as a result of backyard chickens. City Council will vote on this proposal October 2, 3 and 4. Please video of the day, which included a rally at City Hall, a march to the chicken slaughterhouse and a vigil:



JUST LIKE US: Toronto Subway Poster Campaign
The Save Movement’s next TTC subway ad campaign is so important, and we need your help to get it launched! Our new “Just Like Us” ad series will tell the heartwarming story of cows, pigs, chickens and turkeys, who all feel love, joy, sadness and fear – just like our children, our companion animals, and ourselves. The ads will reveal the horrors these sentient beings are forced to endure in animal agriculture. And it will encourage people to go vegan and become active in The Save Movement. Please watch video about the campaign: TTC subway ad campaign and visit the page to share and contribute if you can:



Hi, I’m Lily the Mother Goat.

I love making new friends. My new friend Ang said of me: “The most photogenic girl I’ve ever met.”
I wish all goats could live free


Please follow/like my Instagram and Facebook pages.
Climate Vegan‘s core message is: Help save the planet by going vegan and becoming active.

Al Gore’s new book, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is out in advance of the accompanying documentary which premieres August 3. It’s a follow-on to An Inconvenient Truth (2006).
In this video, Al Gore speaks about veganism and the power of personal choice to effect change:



The Save Movement activists Jocelyn Cole, Mariah Noelle and Ananda Elora are travelling with the Vans Warped Tour.

July 26 was tour date in Maryland Heights, Missouri with St. Louis Animal Save. (Scroll down to learn about their vigil.)



Welcome Sarnia Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.

Save Outreach Squad reaches thousands every week
Save Outreach Squad organizer Mary-Chris Staples shared this update after their latest outreach near Toronto’s three slaughterhouses:
“More and more the ‘Stockyards’ neighbourhood is becoming ‘the neighbourhood where AR activists are out every week exposing the slaughterhouses.’ Maybe one day they’ll name the mall after us!”




From their recent vigil at Sunrise Poultry slaughterhouse, Surrey Chicken Save shared this great update:
“Our community is growing! So many amazing humans, and so much public support!! Join us at our next vigil, you’ll be inspired too.”


On July 24, 30 Melbourne Chicken Save activists gathered at the La Ionica chicken slaughterhouse in Thomastown. They report:
“Since our last vigil there, the company has erected large double gates and hung signs warning of prosecution for trespass. Several trucks ploughed through the middle of us, and 7 police officers attended. We managed to bear witness to one truck of approximately 2,000 chickens being driven in to their death. There were many sick, injured and dead chickens on the truck.”

Melbourne Sheep Save Rally
On July 29, Melbourne Sheep Save held another successful city rally, educating the public about the meat and wool industries, where sheep are subjected to much cruelty and abuse. A poignant moment was when a father sat down on the ground with his young son, to show him the truth being played on one of the TV screens.






Welcome, The Save Movement Norge, the first Save group in Norway. Find them on Facebook.
Their first vigil will happen on September 20 in Oslo.
RSVP: event page



Welcome Göteborg Fish Save. “We hold vigils where we bear witness to the slaughter and exploitation of aquatic animals.” Find them on Facebook.




Please watch: First rescue by Save Movement Cancún and The Save Movement in Mexico. Thank you all for your support and Tierra de Animales sanctuary for providing a home for Jony and Angel and all of the other beautiful beings who live with them.




Welcome Belfast Animal Save: a volunteer group that bears witness to animals as they go to slaughter, organising peaceful and compassionate vigils. Find them on Facebook.

Welcome Edinburgh And Lothians Animal Save: they bear witness to animals in their last moments. Find them on Facebook.


Please watch video from Save Movement Scotland‘s evening vigil in Paisley on July 24:

Bristol Animal Save reports from their July 27 vigil at Tulip Foods Westerleigh slaughterhouse:
“Some of the pigs we met yesterday at the vigil. They all deserved to live.”




Kansas City Animal Save had their second vigil July 25. They report:
“It was hard and hot. The heat index was over 100 degrees. The slaughterhouse rerouted all the trucks, except for 4. No one stopped for us, and we watched the pigs go to their death bed. On our way out, we caught one truck in particular at the gas station. We wanted so bad to give them water, to help their crying voices. We saw the look in their eyes… truly heartbreaking. This is in Missouri, this could be in YOUR state. Wake up, and go vegan. Their lives depend on it.”
Please watch live video from the vigil:
St. Louis Animal Save held a vigil July 27 at Star Packing Co. slaughterhouse in St. Louis. They were joined by The Save Movement activists Mariah Noelle, Jocelyn Cole and Ananda Elora who are travelling with the Vans Warped Tour and tabled at the tour’s St. Louis area concert July 26.
Please watch videos from the vigil:


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, August 1, 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.
• Wednesday, August 2, 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, August 3, 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, August 3, 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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