Toronto Pig Save & The Save Movement’s Weekly Updates – 17/12/17

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Dear friends,

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


It was a lovely celebratory evening at Toronto Pig Save’s Animals Beyond Borders VII, our annual fundraiser. This year half the funds will go to the wonderful Karuna Lane Sanctuary and Farm Stay.
The film tribute to Mr. Bean had the house in happy tears; it was announced that the Bearing Witness documentary will be coming out in 2018. Speakers talked about the growth of The Save Movement, DxE, Anonymous for the Voiceless, and the animal rights movement worldwide. Cloud 9, Stephanie Braganza and Carly Taylor inspired the audience with their live music. RaRa & Brian and Kelly Kerr was a delight provided delicious and healthy appetizers, entrees and desserts. Special guest James Aspey gave an impactful speech motivating everyone to be candles in the darkness.
Thank you so much to all volunteers and attendees for making this night such a success.

Toronto Pig Save’s yearly subway ad campaign is running for 8 weeks! 
When you spot one of our ads, please take photos and post them on your social media with the hashtags #JustLikeUs and #TheSaveMovement.

Welcome Newfoundland Fur Animal Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.

They already held their first vigil on December 15. They report:
“Newfoundland Fur Animal Save held its first Vigil tonight by candlelight in honour of all animals used, tortured and killed for their fur. 13 activists held signs and passed out leaflets in front of the city’s largest fur store while just across the street we projected footage of fur farms on a large building. It was a cold but successful first vigil. More to come! We would love to have you join us at our next one. Thank you to every activist that joined us.
Animals are not Fabric”


At their December 16 vigil outside the Morón slaughterhouse, Buenos Aires Animal Save was able  to rescue a calf. They report:
“We noticed that the driver of the last truck in line to enter was pacing, talking on the phone, worried. We approached and he told us that one of the cows had given birth to a calf on the road. There she was, all innocence, newborn, huddled on the floor full of dirt, full of urine and faeces, full of pain. We managed to talk to the owner of the ranch from which the mother came, and we asked to take possession of the calf, and he agreed; but those in the slaughterhouse debated whether to give the calf to us or not. Suddenly, an opportunity arose and without hesitation we rescued the little girl and we put her out of danger. She will be the owner of her own life. But the fight does not end, as a daughter needs her mother. Although we are against the clock, although it seems impossible, we will do everything possible to save the mother; we have less than 24 hours, we ask that they please do not kill her tomorrow. We ask the cattle rancher and the owner of the slaughterhouse to show compassion and put the life of a mother and her right to raise her daughter above money, and allow them to live in freedom, together, as it should have always been.”

Riverina Cow and Sheep Save held their first vigil on December 17 as part of a double vigil organised with Sydney Pig Save.

Welcome Dijon Animal Save, the second Save group in France. Find them onFacebook.

Bremen Animal Save held their first vigil on December 16. They report:
“The flaps of the lower rows on the truck are sealed just before entering the slaughterhouse. In the parking lot they will be opened. We say goodbye anyway.”
Please watch:
Plus: activists at the vigil speak out in this video (German language)

The new Monterrey Animal Save joined Save Movement Cancún for their latest vigil at the municipal slaughterhouse on December 13. Please watch:

Sheffield Animal Save had a busy weekend of activism. On December 15, they held a vigil with Earthling Ed and the Surge team at Woolley Brothers Abattoir. They report:
“Incredible turnout for our vigil! A huge thank you to all the activists who joined us. Great to see so many new faces. It’s been an emotional year and we’ve ended feeling very inspired and ready to take on the new year.”
Then on December 17 they held the Down with Dairy event, again with Surge:
“Thank you to all of the activists who braved the cold today to spread awareness about the dairy industry. It was a great event and hopefully opened a lot of people’s minds to veganism! We’ll be organising more Down With Dairy events in the new year. All dairy cows end up at the slaughter house. Please switch to plant-based alternatives.”

Please watch video from a Nashville Animal Save vigil at the Koch Foods slaughterhouse in Chattanooga. They report:
“We were joined by some amazing local activists. We witnessed multiple trucks waiting to be unloaded. Only 2 trucks pulled in while we were there. The local activists said they have never seen it that slow. There are usually trucks pulling in and out like crazy. We think they slowed down production because we were there. We witnessed a “not for human consumption” truck leave piled high with heads, feet, and insides. The police stopped by for a few seconds just to make sure we were there peacefully. Thank you so much to everyone that came out!”

Denver Baby Animal Save was joined by Pikes Peak Animal Save at their latest vigil on December 17 outside Superior Farms, a baby lamb and goat slaughterhouse in downtown Denver. They report:
“Bearing witness to these innocent babies that are about to be murdered for people’s taste buds. Thank you for joining us for the animals.”



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, December 19, 7:30 – 11:30 am:  Toronto Slaughterhouses Exposed! at the corner of St. Clair and Keele7:30-9:30 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.

• Thursday, December 21– 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).
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• Saturday, December 2311:30 am – 1:30 pm:  Toronto Fur Animal Save vigil at High Park
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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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