Toronto Pig Save & The Save Movement’s Weekly Updates – 21/10/18

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Dear friends,

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

Welcome Haldimand-Norfolk Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.

Brampton Chicken Save asks heartfelt questions from their October 12 vigil outside the Maple Lodge slaughter plant:
“At what point did this become okay? At what point will it never be okay again? With the way the world is waking up, the latter is much closer than the former. Be a reason it happens faster. You have the direct power to drop demand right in your wallet. Till all cages are empty, til all are free. Harm none.”


Please watch London Chicken Save‘s video from a recent vigil at Cargil Canada, where 80,000-100,000 individuals are killed daily:


“Unless you look in their eyes you really don’t know what their pain and suffering is like,” states organizer Darlene Levecque at a Toronto Pig Save vigil outside Fearmans.


Toronto Chicken Save holds weekly vigils at the Maple Leaf slaughter plant, which kills 250,000 daily right near a major intersection behind shops and homes. Watch as thousands of baby chickens arrive to their deaths:


Vancouver Chicken Save asks for 3 minutes to say goodbye at their weekly vigil outside the Hallmark slaughter plant:



Conference on Animal Rights in Europe (CARE)
Organizer Anita V Pagan reports from the Conference on Animal Rights in Europe (CARE), which took place in Prague, Czech Republic from October 12 – 14:
“Some of us have met at the CARE conference in Prague! It was three great days with beautiful people over two floors, three rooms for talks with three talks going on simultaneously for three full days!
We ran the Save Movement stall with some Save shirts and the Save family around.
We also occupied a community next to the rooms with the stalls which usually serves as restaurant and simply made a pop-up Guerrilla Bistro. Anita Fran Petrovic simply shared our surplus food, snacks and juices from the car, we borrowed the water cooker from our hostel room, Anita Fran kept buying supplies like bread and spreads, tofu, fruits, milk, coffe and offered it all for free or donation. These donations then covered the costs for it and made many many broke activists happy.
This is how community should work, we take care of each other ^_^
The organisers of the event thanked us for this initiative and said we save them with this, as the caterer selling coffee upstairs was so expensive.
My answer was, “This is what the Save Movement does, we are one big family.”


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

Sailesh Rao of Climate Healers, collaborating with Sustainable Human, explains how we can avoid Year Zero: the year when wild animals are gone:

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 500+ 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.

You can make a lot of goats as happy as me, just by not eating us or drinking our milk. Please make kinder, more compassionate choices when you sit down to eat. Please choose vegan


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, Fish Save and Chicken Save vigils in Toronto, as well as Fur Animal Save events in the colder months. 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, October 22, 6:30 – 9 pm: Brampton Chicken Save Vigil and Outreach
: event page

• Tuesday, October 23, 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

• Wednesday, October 24, 1:15 – 2:45 PM pm: Niagara Farm Animal Save’s Highland Packers Vigil
: event page

• Thursday, October 25, 8 -10 am: Toronto Pig Save’s 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, October 25, 7:30 – 9:30 pm: Toronto Chicken Save evening vigil
: event page

• Friday, October 26, 8 – 10 am: Brampton Chicken Save Vigil & Outreach
: event page

• Saturday, October 26, 8 am – 10 pm: Toronto Fish Save’s The Dark Truth Exposed – Ripley’s Aquarium Protest
: event page

• Sunday, October 28, 10 am – 12 pm: Toronto Pig Save Monthly Sunday Vigil for the Pigs, Fearmans Pork, 821 Appleby Line, Burlington, Ontario
: 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.




Sydney Fish Save held their first vigil at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium on October 19. Watch their livestream:

Please watch Melbourne Cow Save‘s video inside a dairy farm:
“These two dairy calves, only days old, were taken back upstairs and put back on the kill line as the abattoir refused to release them to us so we could give them safe and forever homes. They have now been slaughtered. This is dairy.”



Please watch: Wellington Animal Save bearing witness at Taylor Preston slaughter plant:




Bordeaux Animal Save report from their first vigil on October 13 against the abattoir in Bègles:
“Many thanks again to all the activists who came for this first action! It was good, and lots of new ideas for our next actions came up!
We will surely do another slightly different action before the opening of the abattoir in Bègles.



Please watch and share Ulm/Neu-Ulm Animal Save‘s video from their September vigil:



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



Porto Animal Save reports from their recent participation in the nearby VeggieFest on October 6-7:
“Last week we were at the vegan festival VeggieFest in São João da Madeira were we had the chance to give a talk about activism and answer the question “Is being vegan enough?”.
The truth is that as vegans we spare the lives of hundreds of animals but through activism we could save so many more.
Being active can mean a lot of different things. It can be about sharing posts on social media or having healthy conversations with our friends and family. It can also mean participating in marchs and protests or even join a movement. You just need to find the form of activism that suits you better, considering your age, personality and time.
With knowledge comes the duty to act and actively trying to stop the suffering of animals is our moral and ethical obligation.
Whether you are a vegan or not, listen to this talk and find out how you can help save animals!”



Please watch Valencia Animal Save‘s video from their 10th vigil:
“Why do humans treat me like this?”



Skåne Pig Save report from their October 18 vigil at the Hk Scan Kristianstad slaughter plant:
“We were many – but the pigs were as usual even more. There were certainly more than 10 slaughter trucks in these four hours. It was really hard to witness this time and many of us became noticeably sad.
We stand there because we want the pigs inside the trucks to be seen – we are there for them.
They have been born only for a value as dead and then a few minutes of friendly words and empathy can not be wrong.
We thank the drivers for being more open to our presence and sometimes giving us the opportunity to see and talk with the pigs at the traffic lights.”



Lucerne Animal Save held their first vigil on October 19 at the Frischfleisch AG slaughter plant. They report:
“Many thanks to all of you who came from Basel, Thun, Zurich, Volketswil, and Winterthur to hold the first vigil with us early in the morning. You are heroines and heroes!
Surprisingly, we were accompanied by some security officials and the military police … and finally came to a conversation with a head of the slaughterhouse.
The animals that lost their lives this morning will always be in our hearts.”

The vigil received local news coverage (in German):
Lucerne Animal Save held “picket” before Frischfleisch AG



“Camped, sick and struggling to breathe. You can hear the squeals from these poor animals that are clearly in distress. From 20 seconds on you can see a poor soul who is struggling for air in such discomfort.
Do you pay for this?”

Essex Pig Save report from Kent Animal Save‘s vigil on October 16:
“4-week-old baby cows at the port of Ramsgate last night, to be sent on a ship abroad.
The nightmare journey isn’t over yet, they were on the ship for 5 hours, unloaded at Calais to then be driven for a further 96 hours to Spain where they will be killed. They’ve been torn from their mothers and were suckling this activist’s hand.
Please don’t support this vile trade. Live a kinder way of life, live Vegan:
Follow Kent Animal Save for further videos and information on protests.”





Please watch JaneUnChained‘s live video with Buenos Aires Animal Save, “bearing witness to innocent animals headed to their deaths to be turned into steaks and hamburgers. Wake up! If you eat them, you’ve killed them!”




Guayaquil Animal Save gave their time and love to the animals during a visit to a farm.
“We get involved so that the day will come soon when exploiting them is no longer the norm and our relationships with these innocent beings are framed by justice, respect and real and tangible consideration.”





CDMX Animal Save continues their weekly vigils at the La Paz slaughter plant. Please watch from their October 13 vigil:




6 new groups have formed in the USA!

Welcome Albany Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.

Welcome Atlanta Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.

Welcome Buffalo Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.

In New York City, The Save Movement aims to have 100 chapters, one at each live market. Concourse Village Animal Save in the Bronx is one of them.

Welcome Concourse Village Animal Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Their first vigil is set for November 3: event page

Welcome Manchester NH Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.

Their first vigil is set for October 26: event page

Welcome Portland Maine Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.

Please watch Chicago Animal Save‘s livestream at the Park Packing Co. slaughterhouse on October 15:
“Many activists are here bearing witness to these animals, documenting their conditions, showing them love, and giving them water, as many likely haven’t had water or food for days. Thank you for bearing witness with us.”

Please watch: Death trucks at a vigil with Smithfield Pig Save:

Please watch: Louisville Pig Save report from their October 14 vigil:
“Today we witnessed 11 trucks arrive at JBS Pork – Louisville, KY. That is at least 2,000 pigs already here and will spend the night in the massive holding pen. We see them and will always remember their faces. Today they were loved as they are not for what they become after they are killed.”



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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 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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