Toronto Pig Save & The Save Movement’s Weekly Updates – 15/01/18

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Dear friends,

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


This Thursday!
Fusion filmmaker Miguel Endara joins Fearmans & Ryding-Regency vigils

Please join us for a special double vigil with Fusion filmmaker Miguel Endara:
8 – 10 am at Fearmans ‘Pork’ Inc. in Burlington
11 am – 2 pm at Ryding-Regency ‘Meat’ Packers and St. Helen’s ‘Meat’ Packers in Toronto (7 Glen Scarlett Road)
Miguel is a Senior Producer/Director at Fusion, a TV and digital network aimed at a younger audience and created by Disney/ABC and Univision, based out of Miami, FL. He is working on a documentary that will be the first vegan/animal rights documentary for the network and is hoping that it shines more light on the rapidly growing animal rights movement. He will be highlighting James Aspey, Earthling Ed, Joey Carbstrong as well as The Save Movement as one of the most crucial advocacy groups out there.
Please share this event and take every opportunity to spread awareness and promote animal rights activism.
RSVP: event page
Next week:

Special vigil for the cows at Ryding-Regency slaughterhouse

LUSH Cosmetics UK will be joining the vigil to make a film about Toronto Pig Save. Please join us and invite your friends. Let’s have a huge presence for the cows and sheep in this cold weather.
We’re grateful to LUSH for all they do to raise awareness and to support activism.
RSVP: event page

Please watch video from a Toronto Cow Save vigil:
Look into her eyes and you will see the sadness, the suffering and her resignation. Everything was taken away from her: her children, her body and her life. All she wanted was to live. Just like us!


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 was rescued the day I was due to be killed. I had lived a life of misery, repeatedly impregnated for my milk and each of my babies were taken away the day they were born.
But now I live a happy, peaceful life. I wish the same joy for all animals on Earth.

Please follow/like my Instagram and Facebook pages.


Climate Vegan‘s core message is: Help save the planet by going vegan and becoming active.

“If we had a different timeline, or if we had 1.5 billion people on the planet, then there might be halfway measures we could take. The situation we are dealing with ecologically, however, means there is no way left but an immediate shift to a plant-based lifestyle.”  – Keegan Kuhn, Co-Director of Cowspiracy
Source: Saving the Planet, One Meal at a Time

Watch Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret and What The Health.


Please read this moving testimonial by Maizy Thorvaldson from Vancouver Chicken Save‘s first vigil of the year:
“I’ve grown up here in Hastings Sunrise, and long before we were vegan my family and I always hated the Hallmark slaughterhouse because of the horrible smell that it produces. Especially on beautiful hot summer days… Little did I know that it’s the smell of suffering and death… 10s of thousands of baby chickens (only weeks old), who haven’t/will never feel that beautiful summer sunshine, killed here daily.
I can’t quite describe the feeling of bearing witness to the chickens as they are crammed into tiny crates, stacked and awaiting their death – Grief, anger, shock, panic, frustration, confusion, disappointment, disbelief, and crushing reality.
I encourage everyone (veg or otherwise) to come to the vigil one day and see, and feel, for yourself…
Thankful for Vancouver Chicken Save and constantly inspired by the dedication of my fellow activists. There is hope.”


Please watch and share this video by Save Movement Valparaíso:
What do your childhood memories look like?
What memories did these babies have?
Spanish version of the video at this link.


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

They already held  their first vigil on January 12 at the Carmonti slaughterhouse in Montijo:


Cape Town Animal Save report from their January 14 vigil:
“Today’s vigil was held at the Groenland Abattoir, one of two slaughterhouses belonging to Blaauwberg Meat Traders. It is unclear how many cows and sheep they slaughter, servicing the farms in the broader Overberg area. When we arrived, two cows were in a holding pen, and had probably been dropped off yesterday. They will spend their last days in this concrete prison.
Thank you to everyone who came today, and for giving your time, love and energy to such a despairing place, where so many innocent lives are taken.”“Never, never, be afraid to do what’s right, especially when the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishment is small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


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


Kent Animal Save report from their January 9 vigil at Forge Farm ‘Meats,’ during which they walked into the property and witnessed ill and injured animals about to be killed:
“Our first vigil of the year, what a way to start!
We had another impromptu walk in and thank goodness we did! This is the worst we’ve witnessed at Forge yet! Animals that were lame and unable to stand, abscesses on their face (tumours? Infection?) and ill lambs of no older than a few months.
We pleaded with Trading Standards to release the very ill lamb that was unable to stand, even when the other lambs were pooing and walking on him. We made it very clear that we had sanctuary for them, where he would receive the best possible treatment.”
The slaughterhouse refused to surrender any animals.
From West Midlands Animal Save:
“Beautiful, gentle, inquisitive, friendly, abused, tormented, murdered. One day we will look back at how we treated these beings with horror and disgust. What will you tell your grandchildren when they ask what you did to help stop this? You don’t have to be the oppressor; be on the right side of history.”


Welcome Denver Lamb and Goat Save. Find them on Facebook.
Watch and share Portland Animal Save‘s video from their vigil at Walt’s Wholesale ‘Meats’:
“This was the friendliest cow we had ever seen come through. He didn’t have a care in the world, no fear at all. There was only trust, and curiosity. And he was being hauled here, by the one who had gained that trust, who would now betray him, hand him off to be murdered for a paycheck.”
Two minutes in Tar Heel with North Carolina Farmed Animal Save:



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 169:30 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 188 – 11 am:  Vigil for 1500 Pigs – Hosted by KW Animal Save and London Pig Save
at the courthouse, 185 Robinson St, Simcoe, ON
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• Thursday, January 188 am – 2 pm:  Fusion filmmaker Miguel Endara joins Fearmans & Ryding vigils
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• Friday, January 19, 7:30 – 9:30 am:  Brampton Chicken Save Vigil & Outreach
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• Saturday, December 2010 am – 12 pm:  Milton Chicken Save Community Outreach and Vigil
Sargent Farms – 189 Mill St, Milton, Ontario
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• Monday, January 22, 10 – 11:30 am:  KW Animal Save Pig Vigil and Outreach
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• Wednesday, January 249:30 am – 12:30 pm:  Special Toronto Cow Save vigil at Ryding Regency ‘Meat’ Packers slaughter plant at 70 Glen Scarlett Road.
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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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