Toronto Pig Save & The Save Movement’s Weekly Updates – 01/01/18

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)


Tribute Vigil to Mr. Bean – Return to Pig Island
On December 26 activists returned to “Pig Island” on Strachan and Lake Shore to pay tribute to Toronto Pig Save’s co-founder: Mr. Bean, who sadly passed away on December 12. Without Mr. Bean, there would be no Toronto Pig Save or The Save Movement. Mr. Bean lives on in our hearts and activism. Despite the freezing weather, we successfully leafleted. We then marched to Quality Meat Packers (now bankrupt) at 677 Wellington St. West, where we held a minute of silence for the millions of pigs killed each year up to 2014, when QMP went bankrupt.
Photos by Fabian Pinto.

Happy 2018 to everyone. In 2017, The Save Movement grew exponentially, with almost 200 Save groups added worldwide from 100 in January 2017 to 280 in 36 countries today. Thank you to the incredible organizing efforts of the growing Save Movement team who traversed many continents and held vigils at hundreds of slaughterhouses, farms and auction houses and to all who joined us to bear witness to the animal victims. Please help us make 2018 a much better year for the animals and community: make it a New Year’s resolution to join a vigil and bring all your friends to a vigil. Please consider starting a Save group in your community or in your travels. This year, as a result of the Pig Trial, Anita Krajnc made it to the Plant Based News “TOP 100 INFLUENTIAL VEGANS OF 2017” at number 14! Please watch:

Please see and share this video: A beautiful soul is never forgotten


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.

Hi, I’m Lily the Mother Goat.

I hope everyone is having a happy and cruelty-free holiday season. I’m keeping warm in a Save Movement toque and Wully Outerwear jacket!

Please follow/like my Instagram and Facebook pages.

KW Animal Save held a Candlelight Vigil on December 28 outside the Conestoga ‘Meat’ Packers slaughterhouse, where over 1 million pigs were killed in 2017.
Local news media were present to report on the vigil and the plight of the pigs:
Animal activists host regular vigils outside Breslau pork processing plant

Welcome Vienna Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.

Toowoomba Animal Save held a vigil on December 29 outside JBS’ ‘Beef’ City slaughterhouse. They report:
“Nothing kind ever happens in a slaughterhouse. Exploiting animals, exploiting workers, exploiting the environment, unprecedented greed at the expense of life, day in and day out.
The human oppression of animals is thoroughly interlinked with human oppression of other humans. Not until the time comes that facilities such as this are closed will we ever hope to see the end of all exploitation for all living beings. Once we come to the realization that we must widen our circle of compassion to include every living being, only then will we see total liberation.
Bearing witness to the 26,500 innocent souls, captives within this death camp awaiting until their number is up, watching on as friends and family are escorted up the narrow alley ways towards the death facility, day after day. JBS Beef City is man’s darkest, bloodiest stain on humanity.
We are watching, we are listening, we are trying and we will end this.”

The vigil received good coverage by local news outlets 7 News Toowoomba and the Chronicle (includes video)Animal activists protest outside Beef City


Welcome Hermosillo Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.
Welcome Morelos Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.
Playa del Carmen Fish Save held their first event on December 30, consisting of a march and protest. They report:
“We walked through 5th avenue and also we stopped at a seafood restaurant and outside a mall that has an aquarium. The street was super busy because of the holidays; a lot of people took pictures of our signs and some of them asked questions. We also had one guy screaming at us and was really upset because we were affecting his dinner at a seafood restaurant where they have live lobsters in a fish pond. So happy and proud to have this amazing group of activist in Mexico!”
Please watch:

Welcome Braga Animal Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.
Welcome Porto Animal Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Welcome Murcia Animal Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Save Movement Vigo held their first vigil on December 28. They report:
“We had our first vigil in Vigo. We couldn’t stop the trucks not even to talk with the drivers. Fortunately we could get closer when they were waiting to enter the slaughterhouse and we could give some love to the pigs being transported. It was disheartening to see those poor animals crammed and wounded. We were able to caress them a few seconds before they entered the slaughterhouse. It has been an incredible experience to see how they reacted to our presence, how they tried to approach us to look and smell us. They showed a very loving behavior that was nothing different from the dogs that people love so much. We are so sorry for them. Someday we’ll be able to stop these atrocities.”


Welcome Scunthorpe Chicken Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.

An account from Sheffield Animal Save‘s vigil with Earthling Ed published inPositively Vegan magazine:
“Why is it important to bear witness to animals arriving at slaughter? It is an upsetting subject for many vegans and non-vegans. Here we have a moving experience from a Save witness, Jane Antcliff-Wilson, at one of the many demonstrations across the north explaining why this is an important act of solidarity and compassion for animals.”

Baby pigs huddled together in comfort and from the cold at a December Essex Pig Save vigil at Cheale ‘Meats’:


Please watch: Dallas Animal Save held a vigil on December 20 at Frontier Meats and Tasman Hide Processing in Fort Worth. These two animal death camps are across the street from each other.

Waco Animal Save held a vigil on December 27 at the H&B Packing Co. slaughterhouse.
Local news provided some great coverage:  Animal Rights activists protest outside of H&B Packing Company



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, January 29:30 am – 12:00 pm:  Toronto Cow Save vigil at “St. Helen’s Meat Packers” slaughter plant at 1 Glen Scarlett Road.
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• Thursday, January 4– 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, January 611:30 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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