Toronto Pig Save & The Save Movement’s Weekly Updates – 14/5/18

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Dear friends,

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



Toronto Pig Save’s All-Day Vigil with Vegan Model Tina Louise and Dr. Julie Chan
Thanks very much to everyone who joined us for our all-day vigil on May 8, and special thanks to our guests Miss Tina Louise, model and vegan influencer; and Dr. Julie Chan, vegan naturopathic doctor. Thanks so much to RaRa’s Vegan Catering for the great food.Please watch videos from the vigil:

At Fearmans
A truck arrives carrying pigs

At Ryding-Regency
Miss Tina Louise connects with a cow and is moved to tears. The cow looks back at her and they lock eyes and both understand the tragedy of the moment.

At Maple Leaf
Thousands of baby chickens arrive crammed in transport truck


2018 Mother’s Day March to Fearmans

On Mother’s Day Toronto Pig Save activists marched to Fearmans slaughter plant in Burlington with a loud and clear message: using female bodies for any reason is wrong, exploiting motherhood is immoral.


If you would like to bear witness but don’t have Save vigils near you, consider starting a group.
Email us at or check out for info on how to get started!
We will help you every step of the way.


Compassion in World Farming is organizing STOP Live Transport 2018, uniting a global movement against the cruelty of long-distance live animal transport. The pressure on policy makers is mounting, but tens of thousands of live animals are still being exported from the UK every year, and this suffering HAS to stop. A number of local activist groups around the world will take part in STOP Live Transport 2018. Setubal Animal Save in Portugal will participate.


Hi, I’m Lily the Mother Goat.

I’m very happy for my friend Sunshine at Piebird Farm Sanctuary. The government wanted to
take him away but after years of fighting for him, he is now free from that threat and
can stay in his home forever. I love it!

Please follow/like my Instagram and Facebook pages.


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

Please support Mother Earth Save, part of the worldwide The Save Movement.

Watch Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret and What The Health.




Welcome Saint John Animal Save (New Brunswick). Find them on Facebook and Instagram.



On May 12 Manitoba Animal Save protested and offered education to the public about the reality of animals abused in entertainment. They report:
“Cavalia Odysseo had the opening show today in Winnipeg and the horses will be forced to perform on this tour stop for the next three weeks. We continue to speak out against speciesism and ask people to reconsider definitions of abuse and cruelty. Horses used in circuses, like all other animals in captivity are slaves. They do not want to be there and they are forced to perform. This is an injustice we all must fight against.”



Melbourne Cow Save held a dairy demo on May 13. They report:
“Today we had our first Etihad Dairy Demo with over 30 activists attending! Nearly 2,000 leaflets were distributed in about 90 minutes and some great conversations were had. We reached thousands of people with the truth about dairy in a short amount of time with a powerful demonstration of people standing up for the cows. We will always be a human voice for the Cows, their babies and the Bulls who are also exploited. They need you to make kinder choices and not make your taste buds more important than a life.
Thank you so much to all the activists that came! We couldn’t have done it without you! “



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



Bolivia joins The Save Movement!
Welcome, La Paz Animal Save.
Find them on Facebook.



Quito Animal Save held their first vigil on May 6. They report:
“Please connect with those eyes and decide if you identify yourself financing this horror. The intake of any product of animal origin is unnecessary and this is endorsed by medical and nutrition authorities. Please do not finance animal exploitation.”



Please watch: New Zealand Animal Save report from Auckland Animal Save’s May 6 vigil at Auckland Meat Processors.



Metro Manila Animal Save is holding weekly vigils. Activist Nancy Siy reports from their May 12 vigil at Kayang Meat And Slaughter House:
“A group of us animal rights activists went to see the pigs, so we can bear witness to their plight, so we can give them water, so we can make them feel even once in their lives that some human beings see them as more than just things. Some pigs were intensely thirsty, while others you can see in their eyes that they’ve already given up.
My hands were trembling when I took these photos and the live videos today. I have never in my life felt so helpless— to be face to face with suffering and unable to do anything. I wish I could save them all. Their eyes haunt me. Their screams as they are being unloaded from the truck break my heart. I cannot unsee what I have seen, and the worst part is I haven’t even seen what’s yet to come.
Can you honestly look into their eyes and tell them their fear and suffering do not matter? Can you look at these gentle creatures and still think they are “bacon”? Can you sleep at night if you could hear their screams? I can’t.”



Viseu Animal Save held a late-night vigil for the chickens on May 9 at the Avicasal slaughter plant. They report:
“We were able to stop all the trucks – 5 in total. We talked with the drivers, we were with the animals and we documented images and videos. We bore witness. We witnessed the daily holocaust in this slaughterhouse. Yesterday 55.000 chickens arrived and they will be slaughtered tomorrow. Sometimes there are 70.000 a day. In one of the trucks there were 4.940. On the other 4.480. In the last one there were 6.690. Around 20.000 lives were in front of us in a space reduced to a truck.”



Welcome Katrineholm Chicken Save. Find them on Facebook.



Welcome Ermelo Duck Save, the first Save group to focus on ducks. Find them on Facebook.

Welcome Holsted Cow Save. Find them on Facebook.



Welcome Doncaster Animal Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.
Their first vigil is set for May 31: event page 

Norwich Livestock Market Animal Save bore witness to goats, sheep and cows on May 6. They share their experience:
“Thank you to the 30+ activists who travelled to join us in bearing witness to the animals being sold at market at our vigil on Saturday. It’s been hard work at times but we are starting to make progress and we were able to safely bear witness to over 30 vehicles containing animals being sold as mere commodities. As a result we have been able to share their stories and spread the message that animals are not property.”



Brooklyn-Queens Animal Save report from their May 12 Pre-Mother’s Day 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, May 14, 7 – 8:30 pm: Brampton Chicken Save Vigil & Outreach
: event page

Wednesday, May 16, 2 – 4 pm: Brampton Chicken Save Vigil & Outreach
RSVP: event page

• Thursday, May 17, 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).
: event page

• Thursday, May 17, 7:30 – 9:30 pm: Toronto Chicken Save evening vigil
: event page

Saturday, May 19, 12 – 3 pm: Georgetown Cow Save
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 seven years, The Save Movement has grown to over 350 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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