Toronto Pig Save & The Save Movement’s Weekly Updates – 24/9/18

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Dear friends,

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

Please join us for Toronto Pig Save’s All-Day Vigils with Simpsons Animation Designer, Dale Hendrickson
September 27 8 am – September 28 7 pm, 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
The Simpsons animator, Dale Hendrickson, will be joining us for 2 days of vigils! Dale is a long-time animator and character designer for the The Simpsons series. He has also worked on other animations that include Futurama, the Ghostbusters TV series, and many more. He and his partner, Pam, live in L.A., are ethical vegans, and are outspoken voices for animals. Dale has generously taken time from work to join us in Toronto to draw attention to animals at local slaughterhouses who desperately need us. Please join us!** BRING A FRIEND! We will draw the names of 30 attendees each day for a free 5-minute Simpsons themed caricature!! **


Fast Against Slaughter on October 2
Together, tens of thousands will rise on October 2 to speak the truth about farmed animals. In the historical tradition of Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mahatma Gandhi, we will join together in a one-day Fast Against Slaughter in solidarity with these innocent victims.
Through our voluntary sacrifice of food on this day, we will amplify the voices of the billions of farmed animals suffering around the world. We will inspire others to learn the truth. And we will mobilize a compassionate global community who will not wait for justice, but who will make it a reality.
Join the movement and take the Fast Against Slaughter pledge at


This sweet dog at a Toronto Pig Save vigil came close to the pig victims.
If the roles were reversed, would you care then? Why love one but not the other?


Please watch and share: innocent scared cows arrive at Ryding-Regency slaughter plant during a Toronto Cow Save vigil. Crystal bears witness to cows for the first time:
“It’s horrible. It brings everything to life that I already so desperately was fighting for.”


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

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 480+ chapters in 56 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!


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

This is my brother Ace. We live together along with our 4 other dog siblings. On days like today I love being outside going for walks with them. Just like Ace I am loved and respected as a family member as it should be regardless of our species!


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, September 24, 4:30 pm – 7 pm: KW Animal Save Vegan Outreach and Pig Vigil
RSVP: event page

• Monday, September 24, 6:30 – 9 pm: Brampton Chicken Save Vigil and Outreach
: event page

• Tuesday, September 25, 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 & Friday, September 27, 8 am – September 28 7 pm: Toronto Pig Save’s All-Day Vigils with Simpsons Animation Designer Dale Hendrickson, 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, September 27, 7:30 – 9:30 pm: Toronto Chicken Save evening vigil
: event page

• Thursday, September 27, 8 – 10 pm: Toronto Fish Save’s Unimpressed with this Oktoberfest – Protest Against Ripley’s!
: event page

• Friday, September 28, 7:30 – 9 am: Brampton Chicken Save Vigil & Outreach
: event page

• Sunday, September 30, 10-11 am: Toronto Pig Save’s Pig vigil with Peta2 Student Representatives
: event page

• Wednesday, October 3, 3 – 6 pm: Niagara Farm Animal Save’s Highland Packers Vigil
: 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 Chivilcoy Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.

Their first vigil is set for September 24: event page





Mendoza Animal Save report from their September 14 vigil at the Frigorifico Regional Vildoza sluaghter plant:
“We waited for hours and no trucks appeared. New people joining the vigils and our best buds from Save Movement Valparaíso accompanied us.
This fight continues for our animal brothers and sisters.”



Melbourne Pig Save report from their event to honour the victims of the pig farming industry: A Tribute to the Piglets in the “Pork” Industry:
“On September 22 we paid respect to the victims of the pig farming industry. The 14 piglets we had in our care were brought into the public space in Bourke St. Mall, Melbourne, to show the public who the victims are when they purchase products they naively believe cause no harm. They were collected from just one piggery. They are the ‘lucky’ ones, and what a terribly sad thing to say about them when they died, some of them not even taking a breath of air, alive in the womb but born dead due to a prolonged and difficult birth.
Instead of us having them with us as a tribute to honour their lives, calling them lucky to be dead, and at such an early stage of their lives, what would have been lucky is if we could have said they got to have a life worth living.”



Welcome Bordeaux Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.


Welcome Sète Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.

Their first vigil is set for October 13 at the port, against live export: event page



Please watch Guatemala Animal Save‘s video: “Come closer”



Three new groups form in Italy!

The Save Movement – Italia is a regional page meant as a central resource for Italian Save groups, as part of our ongoing efforts to expand and increase our presence for the animals.
Those efforts include organizing tours, such as the one currently taking place in Italy with organizer Christina, Karol and Simone.
Organizer Christina shares more details. More on individual vigils below:

“Our first stop on the tour was Rome; we met with the current group, NOmattatoio – Italy Save Movement, and worked on building a stronger team and helping them develop their vigils as they were not able to stand by the slaugherhouse entrance nor stop the trucks. Currently Simone Scampoli — who will be the new regional organizer from Italy — is talking to new people who will help build the group even stronger, still with help and participation from the previous activists and organisers.

After this we continued to (Firenze) Florence where the organizers managed to build a really good friendship with the police and we managed to stop all trucks and build trust with the workers. The group is very strong and even managed to get in the biggest local newspaper for their first vigil, with a very positive article.

We then continued to Cremona where we met with a smaller but very strong group of activists. They were so motivated, we did not only host one but two vigils with them. In Cremona the police ended up stopping the trucks for us, showing their badges and defending us in front of an angry driver. We also got a local newspaper article written about us here and Simone got on TV speaking about the vigils and the local activists.

We are now in Como where we have held our presentation, it is a small group but several of the activists came with the idea that they would not want to participate in the vigil, but after the presentation they decided they will join us tomorrow.

Last stop will be Milan, where we have very strong local activists waiting for us. Como and Milan will be supporting each other, and the activists from Cremona are also joining us in Milan.
Even though this tour is ending soon, we have gotten in contact with even more groups wanting to get started, so soon Simone will travel back to help new groups in Bologna, Napoli and perhaps even more cities.”

These organizing endeavours are paying off. Groups are forming at a rapid pace.


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

Their first vigil is set for September 24: event page


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

They held their first vigil on September 17 at the Colle Val D’elsa slaughter plant.

The vigil was covered by La Nazione newspaper:
”Yesterday morning 20 activists came from all over the world to Colle. They banded together in front of a slaughterhouse in Belvedere with the international organization ‘The Save Movement’, spreading a peaceful message hoping to stimulate people to think about the suffering that billions of animal have to go through.”



Welcome Milan Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.

Their first vigil is set for September 27: event page



Cremona Animal Save held their first two vigils on September 19 and 20. Please watch:

Carolina, the local organizer, connected so much with one of the pigs on the trucks she gave them a kiss on the snout through the bars of the trucks, telling them that it is a promise, not a goodbye.



Welcome Kristiansand Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.




Please watch and share: Bearing witness to sentient creatures who have been taken from their homes and are hacked apart whilst alive in a market in Bergen.
Credit – François Carreau from Baffled Vegan and Stephanie Pom



Metro Manila Animal Save show the pigs some love at their September 22 vigil:



Maribor Animal Save report from their September 10 vigil:
“Yesterday, at the Koška slaughterhouse, there were so many trucks with animals that we could not count them. Mostly they were young bulls, some of them ‘well-fed’milk cows and their calf. We heard the cries of the pigs that had been slaughtered and, as most of them resisted, they did not want to step out of the truck. We had the opportunity to spend some time with the animals and record their faces. Our main goal is to show animals on trucks as individual persons, to tell their stories in the desire to connect people to their suffering and exploitation with their actions and to decide to break this cycle of suffering.”



Welcome Gran Canaria Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.



Please watch: Oldenzaal Animal Save report about their first vigil on September 12 at the Beernink BV slaughter plant:
“Today we had our first vigil. It was a successful, peaceful demonstration. Many thanks to those present.”

The vigil saw coverage by multiple news media outlets (in Dutch):Animal activists protest at slaughterhouse in Oldenzaal

RTV Oost TV news: Activists Maria and Willo speaking from minute 13.45.



Please watch: Activists bearing witness to beautiful innocent beings at a Bedfordshire Animal Save vigil while dealing with aggressive workers and drivers outside the Cardington Dawn slaughter plant:





“Their eyes show the true emotions, they’re the window to this tortured soul.”
Spalding & Peterborough Animal Save



Welcome Bellingham Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.

Their first vigil will take place on October 10: event page


Welcome Long Beach Animal Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.

They held their very well-attended first vigil on September 15 at PCH “Poultry” & Market. They report:
“Crucial thanks to the 30 plus people that came out to the 1st vigil today. We were extremely humbled that so many people took time to join us with less than a weeks notice. I would also like to thank all of the people who reached out asking when our next vigil would be since they could not make it today! We will have info regarding our next event in a couple days.”

Welcome Reno Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.


Welcome Seacoast New Hampshire Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.




These chickens were rescued the day after the Kaporos ritual in New York City.
They are the lucky few after 60,000 of their friends and family were killed in the name of religion.
If you are against animal abuse, please go vegan and help us help these innocent animals.

Last week’s vigil for Kaporos chickens received news coverage:
ABC7 New York: Protesters hold Brooklyn vigil for chickens killed in religious ritual
If you live in NYC and can help organize vigils at live markets please email us at



Cameron Bigger of Bay Area Animal Save reports from their vigil for the chickens at Grimaud Farms on September 19, jointly held with Stockton Animal Save:
“Today we witnessed and documented thousands of chickens in horrible conditions at a Stockton slaughterhouse. Thankfully for CA Penal Code 597, and Bay Area Animal Save, at least this one is now at a vet and will live out the rest of her life being loved at a sanctuary, sharing an important story of how she arrived there… 1 out of 2,000+ is a bittersweet feeling, but it’s better than none… I thoroughly believe every elementary student in my country should be given a field trip to an “animal farm” just how they’re given trips to fruit & veggie farms – in order to see where it is our food comes from. Even conventional U.S. school lunch meals are usually composed of over 75% animal products, so it’s only fair for us to see the origins of what we’re being given. If that were to happen, the system would change overnight. That’s how powerful the natural emotional feedback is upon witnessing the animal agricultural industry at work.”


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 500 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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