Toronto Pig Save & The Save Movement’s Weekly Updates – 25/12/17

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Dear friends,

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


Thanks, everyone, for helping to make the world more compassionate and peaceful.
Tribute Vigil to Mr. Bean – Return to Pig Island
Mr. Bean passed away on December 12. He’s not physically with us but he’s still here spiritually.
Please join us on December 26 at Pig Island for a tribute vigil for Toronto Pig Save co-founder Mr. Bean. We will honour his memory and commemorate his legacy as we return to the birthplace of Toronto Pig Save.
Outreach at Pig Island will be from 11-2pm, followed by a short march to the former site of Quality Meat Packers where we will continue to raise awareness of the atrocities that occurred at this slaughterhouse.
Without Mr. Bean there would be no Toronto Pig Save or Save Movement, so we hope you join us this Boxing Day as we get active in his name and return to Pig Island. Mr. Bean lives on in our hearts and activism.
RSVP: event page

Please watch: Why bear witness? A first-time vigil participant shares her reasons:
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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.

This article was published by The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper: No more silence about the torture of animals.

“There is an odd disconnect between the way we embrace our pets as family while allowing animals that are similarly sweet and endearing to live miserable lives on factory farms — and to endure horrific deaths,” writes journalist Linda McQuaig after attending a Toronto Cow Save vigil.

The article includes a link to a “shocking and difficult to watch” Toronto slaughterhouse video.
Also, the letters to the editor in response to the article show a great public reaction: Your letters: Animal torture at slaughterhouses must stop

Guelph Cow Save bore witness to scared and filthy – tortured! – cows as they arrived to be slaughtered at Cargill ‘Meat’ Solutions. The horror in their eyes is evident:


Perth Pig Save held a vigil on December 19 at Linley Valley ‘Pork’ slaughterhouse:
One of the mother pigs was granted mercy!
“An amazing thing happened at the Perth Pig Save vigil today. Thanks to Amanda from Brisbane Animal Save for bearing witness with us.”
The mother pig has been named Carol.

Sao Paulo Animal Save held a vigil on December 23 at the Raja slaughtehouse in Carapicuíba. They report:
“Moments of sadness, of solidarity, of rebellion, accompanying young beings who would be executed next. The speciesist system continues to kill as never before, and the animal rights cause continues its work of fighting for them.”
Mr. driver, Please STOP! We’re here for the animals!

Düsseldorf Animal Save held their latest vigil on December 18. They report:
“13 amazing activists came together to bear witness. We managed to stop 3 trucks and to get some footage of the animals. Some of us had really positive conversations with farmers and police officers who wanted to have some information about veganism! Bearing witness is not easy, not at all. It is not easy but it’s necessary. We face the injustice that happens every second everywhere in the world. We don’t look away, we don’t remain silent.”

Welcome Playa del Carmen Fish Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Welcome Wellington Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.

Save Movement Madrid bore witness to babies going to slaughter on December 20, and sent this video report: “We said goodbye to many babies, babies without a name because they are alien to our species, babies with a voice but to whose screams and agony we have long since stopped listening; innocent babies.”

FIRST VIGIL – Northamptonshire Chicken Save report from their December 21 vigil at Faccenda ‘Foods,’ in Brackley:

Hertfordshire Chicken Save sent this love-filled report from their December 22 vigil at Bell Farm:


Welcome Waterville Animal Save in Maine. Find them on Facebook.
After their December 16 vigil at Saba Halal Live Poultry, Philly Farmed Animal Save persuaded the manager to surrender two chickens on the 18th and two more on the 21st.
The rescue received excellent media coverage:

This is an excellent video report by Augusta GA Animal Save in which they examine the operations of FPL ‘Foods’ Inc., a cow slaughter plant:

Chicago Animal Save report from their double vigil on December 18:
“This morning we visited two slaughterhouses and held vigils for the animals. At Halsted Packing House the truck did not arrive, possibly because they are changing their truck arrival schedule due to us or maybe their business is slowing down, however we did bear witness to someone, not much bigger than a beagle hanging upside down on a hook soon to be cut up and sold as parts.
Some of us next visited Park Packing where a truck filled with sleepy pigs awaited an awful fate. We saw cuts and bruises on their bodies, they looked at us with big eyes in wonderment. They gave us their last looks, sweet faces that we are sharing with the world today.
When we tried to photograph inside Halsted Packing House they turned off the lights and hid in the back. At Park Packing they call the police right away. But the humans you see in these pictures are not deterred so easily. We are here in solidarity with the victims inside and have no intention on stepping back until we #ShutDownChicagoSlaughterhouses.”



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 26, 11 am – 3 pm:  Toronto Pig Save Vigil: Tribute to Mr. Bean – Return to Pig Island (on Lakeshore right outside the Ex).
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• Thursday, December 28– 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 3011:30 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 270 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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