Toronto Pig Save & The Save Movement’s Weekly Updates – 03/9/18

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Dear friends,

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

Wake up World – Week of Vigils
#wakeupworld: 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.
It was a successful campaign with many groups in different countries taking part.

Please watch as overheated pigs arrive at Fearmans slaughter plant during Toronto Pig Save’s Wake Up World vigil on August 27.

At Toronto Cow Save’s Wake Up World vigil outside Ryding-Regency slaughter plant, gentle but scared cows receive a minute of love during their last hours alive.


Victoria Moran interviewed Toronto Pig Save co-founder Anita Krajnc on her MainStreetVegan podcast via Unity Online Radio (, Apple Podcasts ( or Stitcher ( They had an inspiring chat about The Save Movement, Gandhi, Tolstoy and more.


Canada’s Largest ‘Ribfest’ Vegan Outreach: Success
At Canada’s Largest ‘Ribfest’ Vegan Outreach in Burlington, ON, organizer Lori Croonen shares a heart-warming story:
“These 4 young adults were on their way to Ribfest, they stopped tried the vegan samples and watched a short video of a pigs life and death in the horrible world of animal agriculture. They never entered the festival instead they turned around and took our recommendation on local vegan cuisine.”


Please watch: KW Animal Save‘s monthly vigil for the pigs was part of the Wake Up World week of vigils.


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

Heat wave records are bring broken all over the world at alarming rates. The single biggest step we can take to address and prevent catastrophic climate change is a shift to a vegan world.

The Guardian: South Korean Heatwave Causes Record Deaths

Let’s mobilize to fight climate change
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 470+ chapters in 55 countries 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.


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

Good morning, sleepy head! <3 Rise and shine your wonderful self on this beautiful day! Remember to protect my friends, not harm them.
Love, Lily xo


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.

• Tuesday, September 4, 9:30 am – 11:30 am: Toronto Cow Save vigil for the Cows and Lambs at St. Helen’s ‘Meat’ Packers slaughter plant at 1 Glen Scarlett Road
RSVP: event page

• Thursday, September 6, 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, September 6, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Runnymede Park: Toronto Chicken Save Weekly Chicken Vigil Picnic & Meet-Up
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• Thursday, September 6, 7:30 – 9:30 pm: Toronto Chicken Save evening vigil
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• Friday, September 7, 7:30 – 9 am: Brampton Chicken Save Vigil & Outreach
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• Monday, September 10, 8 AM – 3 PM: Toronto Pig Save All Day Vigil for Pigs with Joshua Entis
RSVP: event page

• Monday, September 10, 7 – 8:30 pm: Brampton Chicken Save Vigil with Joshua Entis
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Wednesday,September 12, 6:30 PM – 8 PM: KW Animal Save Vigil with Joshua Entis
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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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.



Welcome La Plata Animal Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.

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



Sydney Laboratory Animal Save held their first vigil against xenotransplantation on September 1 at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. They saw great attendance: 35 humans and Hugo the dog.



Salzburg Animal Save held their Wake Up World vigil on August 28.
“Goodbye Vicky and Zenzi Too old to continue producing milk… They are now ‘spent’.”



Please watch: Torhout Chicken Save held their first vigil on August 27 as part of Wake Up World.



Please watch: Guayaquil Animal Save held their Wake Up World vigil on August 29. “The victims of the dairy and meat that #Guayaquil consumes.”



Welcome Bielefeld Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.




An article in the local newspaper covered Kiel Animal Save & Lübeck Animal Save`s vigil in Kellinghusen.
“Giving food a face”`- the author emphasises that we are always peaceful and that we don’t think negatively about the drivers. “Show compassion” and “No hate for drivers” are the first phrases of the article. He also talks about the history of The Save Movement and how we proceed when stopping a truck. “The drivers can decide for themselves if they want to stop.”



The Save Movement – International Community Meeting
September 21 – 23
RSVP: event page
WHAT: The Save Movement Conference. 3 days of family gathering, inspiring workshops, speeches, and a vigil.
WHERE: Beautiful Berlin, Germany
WHEN: 21st-23rd of September 2018
HOW: Register here until the 10th of August:
SPECIALS: We provide free lunch at the conference
YOU: Please share the event and feel invited to offer conference content!
WE: Can’t wait to unite with you!



Hong Kong Pig Save report from their August 26 all-day vigil for pigs and at a live market:
“’There’s nowhere I can go, you know. I wish I were the fluffy cloud in the sky so I could fly over the house and create a rainbow that would make your day. Perhaps then you would drop your knife and see me as me.’
Every day, four thousand pigs are sent to the forbidden areas in town —— the abattoirs. That morning under the scorching sun, the trucks of pigs travelling from the Mainland to the abattoir couldn’t help drooling and panting heavily like dogs. Before the final slaughtering process, all these poor souls had already gone through the torture of tail docking, teeth clipping, castration, family separation… If you are consuming meat, we hope you can give us a morning to show you the source of your ‘meat’ and make your ethical decision.”



La Paz México Animal Save held their second vigil on August 26 at the municipal slaughter plant as part of the Wake Up World week of vigils. This is their report:
“We witnessed the arrival of several innocent beings who arrived with a lot of fear and afraid of the slaughter plant and with a lot of difficulty in breathing. The day saw 38 degrees and no truck that arrived had any shade.
Their eyes will always remain in our hearts. We will fight until everyone is free.”



Montijo Animal Save held their first vigil on August 24 as part of the Wake Up World week of vigils. This is their report:
“Our vigil was held in front of the STEC slaughterhouse, one of the largest in Montijo.
We held to the schedule of our vigil, but we did not see trucks. STEC changed the schedule arrival of the animals so as to mislead activists.”



Save Movement Johannesburg‘s very first vigil on August 29 was part of the Wake Up World week of vigils. They bore witness to cows going in to slaughter at a Johannesburg slaughterhouse. They report:
“12 passionate activists gathered outside the slaughterhouse. Four trucks transporting cows were stopped for about 2 minutes each and individuals were given love and compassion. Our bodies were presented as personal witness not only for the individuals who were scared, confused and curious, but also the sounds of their cries once they were inside, to the smell of their warm bodies packed closely together and the urine and faeces that caked their bodies and the truck they were crammed into.
One shocking and heart-breaking incident occurred on the day; two downed cows were found in the trailer of the slaughterhouse truck, with one of the two not being able to lift his/her head. They were being trampled on by other confused and anguished cows. The matter has been reported to the NSPCA for further investigation. Activists then spent some time at the closest intersection holding up posters.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to join us and be active.
Until every truck and cage is empty! 🏻 “



Barcelona Animal Save held their Wake Up World vigil on August 31 at a new chicken slaughter plant.
At the end of the vigil the slaughter plant surrendered a chicken and activists took the youngster to a safe home:



Organizer Maria Tien-Du Toit shares great news about the first Ermelo Duck Save vigil:
“Our Duck Save of 2 weeks ago got a spread of 2 full pages in the free newspaper that is distributed on all the trains in the Netherlands. Here is the digital version in Dutch:



Please watch: Den Bosch Calf Save held their Wake Up World vigil on August 31 at the Vitelco slaughter plant.



Bedfordshire Animal Save joined the Wake Up World week on August 29 with a vigil at Dawn Cardington slaughter plant, which kills an estimated 60,000 cows a year. Please watch:




Essex Pig Save also held a Wake Up World vigil on August 31 at Cheale ‘Meats’ abattoir. They report:
“A big thank you to everyone that attended our #wakeupworld vigil on Friday; 40 people were there in total. Lots of new people joined us for their first ever vigil, which we hope will inspire them to become further active for animals. “



Ayrshire Animal Save`s August 22 vigil received press coverage:
Ayrshire Animal Save hold peaceful vigil at Robertson’s in Ardrossan



A number of Save groups held Wake Up World vigils in the USA.


Chino Cow Save joined Los Angeles Animal Save for their August 26 vigil at Farmer John slaughter plant.



Please watch: #JaneUnChained LIVE in Brooklyn, New York. Anita Krajnc, co-founder of Toronto Pig Save and The Save Movement, joins Brooklyn-Queens Animal Save’s vigil at a live poultry slaughterhouse. Activists are here to bear witness to innocent animals that become “food.” “There is no mistake about it, animals do not become our food willingly; they scream in pain while fighting for their lives, just like we would,” say activists! They urge everyone to end the suffering of the animals by adopting a plant -based diet and joining the fast growing animal rights movement. The companies visited by these protesters are invited on any time to respond.



Portland Animal Save, Salem Area Animal Save and Kelso Chicken Save held a joint Wake Up World vigil on August 31 at Walt’s Wholesale ‘Meats’ for cows, and then at Foster Farms for chickens.



Please watch Save Movement Montevideo‘s Wake Up World vigil on August 28 at the Pando slaughter plant. They report:
“We saw several trucks, we chatted with some drivers and, despite the negativity of the plant manager, we were able to bring a message of love to those animals.
Be witness, join the vigils, be part of the change.”


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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 470 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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