Toronto Pig Save & The Save Movement’s Weekly Updates – 05/8/18

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Dear friends,

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


Toronto Pig Save’s All Day Emergency Heatwave Vigil at Fearmans
August 7, 8 am – 8 pm
Please join us for an emergency vigil for pigs. The temperatures are set to soar again with humidity in the upper 30’s.
Please bring water in reusable bottles to reduce waste.
The poor pigs, who have no sweat glands, are being transported in the extreme heat. Animal agriculture is a leading cause of climate change and the animals suffer even more in the extreme heat. Help stop this evil cruelty and injustice towards animals and potential runaway climate change by going vegan and getting active in the animal rights and environmental movements
RSVP: event page




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

Let’s mobilize to fight climate change
As the world heats up from human-caused climate change, record-setting fires rage across the planet.
The Sudbury Star: As Ontario burns, Ontario calls for more help – Hundreds of fires burn across the province

The L.A. Times: The common thread in California’s wildfires: heat like the state has never seen
“You don’t get a record hot July by accident right now. It’s just the whole background state of the climate is hotter. The entire Earth is hotter than it used to be.”

The Globe and Mail: Extreme summer heat waves may become ‘the norm’ for European cities, researchers say

The headlines tell us what’s happening, but not what to do about it.
The Save Movement is working to set up a Climate Vegan working group to produce a plan of action and to launch campaigns to address this most urgent of disasters. We will involve our almost 450 chapters around the world. Climate change is happening and it is absolutely critical that we mobilize to fight it before it’s too late.
We need all the help we can get. Please join us!

The Climate Vegan plan of action could include campaigns such as:
1. Screenings of films such as Cowspiracy at universities and other fertile grounds.
2. Regular demonstrations such as the yearly Earth Day chalking and leafletting event.
3. Marches to draw the public’s attention
4. A long march such as Toronto to Ottawa (400 kilometers) to engage the political establishment
5. Reforestation programs
6. Advertising campaigns
7. Training program, including a guidebook
What ideas do YOU have to suggest? Please email Bo at with any suggestions for this important initiative.
The best change we can make to fight climate change is to make the whole world vegan.
The amount of crops we currently grow is sufficient to feed the burgeoning global population – but only if people start ditching meat and dairy among other changes, according to a new study.


Wake up World – Toronto
Please join us on August 27 from 8 AM – 11 PM. #wakeupworld is a week full of The Save Movement vigils around the world where activists bring nonvegan or nonactivist friends and family to a vigil from August 25-31. August 28th is also Tolstoy’s birthday and World Save Day and the Official March for Animal Rights is on August 25th (or September 1st) so it’s a good opportunity to get more people involved. Save groups can do a full week of vigils or just an event during this particular week.

8:00-11:00 vigil for pigs
12:00-5:00 vigil for cows
Lunch at 1:30
6:00-11:00 vigil for chickens
Dinner at 6:30

RSVP: event page


Outreach returns to Toronto Cow and Chicken Save vigils!
Please join us at St. Clair and Keele 8 – 10 am for outreach before the cow vigils, every Tuesday.
Also join us for outreach before the chicken vigil every Thursday 5:30-6:30 pm, and then 6:30-7:30 pm at Runnymede Park for a picnic and meetup before the vigil. All are welcome!

Please scroll down for event listing.


Why Bear Witness?
“Bearing witness helps with the cognitive dissonance a lot of people encounter” says Pawel Parafianowicz of Toronto.
Join us at our weekly morning vigils, Tuesdays for the Cows and Lambs 9:30-11 am at St. Helen’s “Meat” Packers slaughter plant at 1 Glen Scarlett Road.


Please watch: activists speak up for imprisoned aquatic animals at Toronto Fish Save’s August 3 vigil outside Ripley’s.


Please watch: Vancouver Chicken Save activists have started stopping trucks on the streets after the alley where they bore witness for years was closed off to the public in an attempt to hide the slaughter plant actions.


Hi, I’m Lily the Mother Goat. Please follow/like my Instagram and Facebook pages.

Activist and teacher Nicole Ada shared her interaction with her students:
“This afternoon I shared with some students of mine a few images of Lily The Mother Goat and the first thing they asked unanimously without me saying anything about her life was ‘Where are her babies?’ If that doesn’t send chills up your back I don’t know what will. Three- to four-year-old children get the concept of a mother having her children around her, but sadly since Lily produced milk before she was rescued, just like any milk-producing machines, her babies were horrifically taken away from her to become like their mom or killed for goat meat 🙁 Does that not upset you?”


Weekly vigils and outreach with Toronto-area SavesToronto 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.

Monday,August 6, 7:30 – 9 pm: Brampton Chicken Save Evening Vigil & Outreach
RSVP: event page

Tuesday, August 7, 8 am – 8 pm: Toronto Pig Save’s All Day Emergency Heatwave Vigil at Fearmans
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Tuesday, August 7, 9:30 am – 11:30 pm: Toronto Cow Save vigil for the Cows and Lambs at St. Helen’s ‘Meat’ Packers slaughter plant at 1 Glen Scarlett Road
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Wednesday, August 8, 2 – 3:30 pm: Brampton Chicken Save Vigil & Outreach
RSVP: event page

• Thursday, August 2, 8 am – 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).
RSVP: event page

• Thursday, August 2, 7:30 – 9:30 pm: Toronto Chicken Save evening vigil
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• Friday, August 10, 7:30 – 9 am: Brampton Chicken Save Vigil & Outreach
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• Monday, August 27, 8 AM – 11 PM: Toronto Pig, Cow and Chicken Save: Wake up World – Toronto
Fearmans, Ryding-Regency and Maple Leaf Poultry slaughter plants

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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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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.



On August 4 Adelaide Animal Save held their #SomeoneNotSomething demonstration in Rundle Mall in the form of a public funeral for 10 of the roughly 600,000 piglets who die at Australian pig farms before they reach weaning age of 25-30 days old. Their causes of death are most commonly birth defects caused by unnaturally large litter sizes and strain on the mother pigs from repeated farrowing, illness caused by unsanitary living conditions or injuries from rough handling.
Each of the 10 piglets were found deceased at South Australian farms, with a plaque and a description of how they were found displayed for each.



Please watch viral video: Save Movement organizer Lena Elle Ella gives pigs her love at the slaughter plant during a Vienna Animal Save vigil.

The vigil received news coverage (German language):
Piglets caressed, shortly afterwards they were dead



Welcome La Rochelle Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.

Their first vigil is coming up on August 11: event page



BREAKTHROUGH: For the first time, a transport truck driver stops so that Save Movement Paris activists can bear witness to the animals being taken to slaughter.
“We had 1 minute to say sorry and goodbye … A unique moment to witness the miserable fate of these animals condemned by the consumer.”



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



The Save Movement – Germany Tour 2018
If you thought going vegan was the best decision you ever made, just wait until you become a vegan activist and a compassionate voice for the animals!
On our tour, we will support YOU opening your own Save group in YOUR city.
Three international activists from all over the world have teamed up to travel through Germany together, to help open new Save groups and support you to do impactful animal rights activism.
Seb Alex, based in Barcelona, is travelling all throughout Europe to constantly help passionate vegans improve their activism, giving speeches and holding first-time vigils with new groups. On our upcoming tour he will provide his knowledge on effective vegan outreach, which he perfected over the years being the organizer of Anonymous for the Voiceless’ Barcelona chapter.
James Hoot is a talented filmmaker and vegan writer from the U.S. who is currently filming the world’s first vegan documentary series named “Vegan Round the World: The Series,” focusing on highlighting the positive and fun side of the vegan movement. James also works as a videographer for The Save Movement and will be filming the tour and making videos for every newly opened Save group.
Lena Ella is a Viennese full-time animal liberation activist, touring throughout the year as an international The Save Movement organizer to different countries, passionately starting and supporting new Save groups. She is also the regional Save Movement liaison for Austria, Germany and Switzerland and already had the pleasure of touring through Germany on her last tour together with her colleague Alex Bez.
We can’t wait to meet you xx
Lena, James & Seb



Please watch: Nuremberg Animal Save give the animals much love at their third vigil.



Welcome Verona Animal Save, the second Save group in Italy. Find them on Facebook.



Save Movement Puebla report from their latest vigil on July 28 at the municipal slaughter plant:
“We arrived at the slaughterhouse at 4:40 am; we waited for more than two hours and nothing, until 7:10 am when the first truck with pigs arrived. The driver did not want to stop but there was traffic, so we were able to get close to them for a few minutes, but it was too fast. Then two more trucks arrived and gave us time to be with them, the pigs were covered in excrement, wet and cold. Some were together, warming themselves, others were at the end of the truck, alone, shaking.”



Oslo Animal Save report from their August 1 vigil at the Fatland slaughter plant:
“We witnessed three trucks carrying pigs to their deaths. When you go to the back of this slaughterhouse you can hear their screams as they are driven into the gas chamber.”



Please watch: Save Movement Lima activists give abused cows a few minutes of love before slaughter.



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



Welcome Sintra Horse Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.



Welcome Maribor Animal Save, the third Save group in Slovenia. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Their first vigil is coming up on August 13: event page



Welcome Save Movement Johannesburg. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.



Mataró Animal Save bore witness outside the Torrent I Fills slaughter plant on July 18. ACtivist Massin Riggs reports:
“This MurderHouse ‘Torrent I Fills’ murders every single day 70.000 innocent chickens… they had a miserable life, they’ve been exploited, abused, mistreated and now murdered. We should all stand together in front of all the slaughterhouses, united with one solid message: ‘Animal liberation.’ Imagine how powerful it would be to have a Save Movement group in all the slaughterhouses on this planet.”



Slaughterhouse-Nightwatch Zürich held their latest vigil on August 3.
“Thank you very much to everyone who was at the vigil. Thanks also to those who support us in our thoughts.
No one is free until all are free!”



Welcome Colne Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.

Welcome Sussex Marine Life Save. Find them on Facebook.



“Today, myself and 8 others witnessed thousands and thousands of innocent lives heading to their deaths, for humans to buy their bodies, which are pumped with antibiotics. A completely unnecessary act, as we do not need animal products to survive, and in fact, we function better without.” – Ash Ben with West Yorkshire Save.



Please watch: Hertfordshire Chicken Save bears witness to tens of thousands of innocent chickens arriving for slaughter.



Welcome Animal Alliance Network in Los Angeles. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.


Welcome Eugene Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.



Welcome New Haven Animal Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.
They held their first vigil on July 7 at the Bridgeport Live “Poultry” slaughter plant. They report:
“Thank you so much to all of you who came today for our first vigil in this area I know it was tough when we were being taunted by staff & could hear the animals calling out but I’m sure you’ll all agree with me when I say this is really important work we’re doing.
The animals need us to do this & I hope to see you all at the next one.
Also, if you have other fellow activist that would like to join, please, spread the word and share our page!
Thank you again to each one of you “


Corpus Christi Animal Save held their first and second vigils at the Kane “Beef” slaughter plant.



The Save Movement West Coast Convergence
For the first time in history, Save groups from far and wide will unite for animals, learn about love-based activism, and send the message to the world that animals’ lives are their right. We will be coming together to make friends, learn new skills, march, and bear witness.
Right on the heels of The Official Animal Rights March L.A. 2018, Convergence is an event-filled weekend you won’t want to miss!
RSVP: event page


Donate Today!

Please consider becoming a Pig Saver, join Toronto Pig Save’s Monthly Donor program or give a special, one-time gift.

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 400 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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