Toronto Pig Save & The Save Movement’s Weekly Updates – 04/11/18

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THE SAVE MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD

CANADA

Dear friends,

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



Welcome Hamilton Fur Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.



Welcome Vancouver Fur Animal Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.

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We’re almost at 3,000 signatures. Please help us get to 5,000!
“Toronto Pig Save activists have been holding vigils at Fearmans slaughterhouse for several years and have raised safety concerns with Fearmans regarding aggressive truck drivers. Our requests have been ignored. We call on Michael Latifi CEO of Sofina Foods and Fearmans slaughterhouse to set up a Safety Agreement Now to enable us to safely bear witness at our weekly vigils.”
Petition:

Michael Latifi: Stop endangering activists! Negotiate a safety agreement at Fearmans now!
Watch: At Los Angeles Animal Save‘s weekly vigils, the Los Angeles police department facilitates a safety agreement by stopping the trucks to allow activists to bear witness and give water to the pigs for a set time prior to the trucks entering Farmer John’s slaughter plant. There is no excuse or reason for Fearmans and Michael Latifi to continually put activists’ lives in danger.



Please see news media coverage of our request for a Safety Agreement an petition:

insidehalton.com: Animal rights group wants trucks carrying pigs to stop outside Fearmans for five minutes

Global News: Animal rights group pushes for safety agreement with Burlington pork plant

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Every action has an impact. Okanagan Animal Save spent a long night at the slaughter plant this week.
“Our small but mighty team pulled an all-nighter on Sunday. We managed to stop a truck and bear witness to the 5- to 6-week-old baby chicks that were entering the slaughterhouse. We were told that there are 8,640 chickens on each truck, with 6 truckloads arriving each night, which means this small-town slaughterhouse in Armstrong takes the lives of around 260,000 baby birds each week. Each. Week.
They were so freezing cold, scared and confused. They are all dead now. We’re so sorry little ones. So incredibly sorry.”



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No matter the size of the facility, slaughter happens the same everywhere. Vancouver Chicken Save reminds us we must speak up for injustice everywhere.
“In every city. In every province. In every country. On every continent. It’s all the same. The suffering is all the same. Credit: @marianaaa_21
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“This is the face of exhaustion. This is the face of defeat. This is the face of someone who has completely surrendered. They didn’t want to die so you could eat their body when you had other options. This is animal abuse. Every time you buy animal products you are funding a life of torture for innocent beings who were the same as you in the ways that mattered most. They have a heart, they have eyes, they have a mouth, they have a brain, they have a family and friends, they have a desire to live. What if this was your cat/dog?”



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Maria Leonardi describes a moment this week at a Toronto Cow Save vigil outside Ryding-Regency slaughter plant and how far the industry goes to hide what really takes place:
“We stopped to take footage of the leather factory down the road from Ryding-Regency, a slaughterhouse that Toronto Cow Save bears witness at every Tuesday, extending love and compassion to the cows as they are going to slaughter. Eventually, the garage door came down, leaving about two feet open for ventilation. So, we knelt down and continued to film the barbarism inside of this facility. The hides, skins and furs of 12- to 18-month-old BABIES are hung from a contraption out of a horror film. The employee continued to spray us with water to deter us. If there’s nothing wrong with this industry, what are they trying to hide? Ryding-Regency has been video documented skinning cows alive. A slaughterhouse worker has said that the first few cows for the day are SKINNED ALIVE to speed up production. The animals need your voice.”



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Brampton Chicken Save report from their weekly vigil outside the Maple Lodge slaughter plant, which kills 500,000 daily:
“Come closer. Can you believe that this is only the bottom of the back of one truck? How much suffering goes unseen, especially in the winter? Dress warm and bear witness this winter. If you can be comfort for even just one of 10,000 animals on one truck, it’s worth your time.”



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London Chicken Save continue their weekly vigil at Cargill:
“Today we saw two trucks arrive at the slaughterhouse during our two-hour vigil. Over 80,000 animals are killed here at Cargill every day with the true numbers likely being closer to 100,000. Constant killing — the industry never sleeps. We have been holding vigils here in London since 2013 and as a group committed to weekly events in 2016.”



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





#AmazonEmergency: The Amazon rainforest is being destroyed to grow soy to be used as animal feed and for grazing. Climate Vegan and The Save Movement are working on a new campaign to save the Amazon rainforest, which is more threatened than ever.

URGENT: Watch this till the end please and share. Brazil just elected a fascist President who plans to “privatize the Amazon” and further industrialize this precious forest with agri-business and mining.
Democracy Now: As Bolsonaro Threatens to Criminalize Protests, a New Resistance Movement Is Emerging in Brazil



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 540+ chapters in 57 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!

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

Yes human, that’s the spot right there.
Goats deserve freedom and happiness. Don’t kill us – let us live by ditching dairy!



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VIGIL SCHEDULE
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, November 5, 6- 7:30 pm: Brampton Chicken Save Vigil and Outreach
RSVP
: event page

• Tuesday, November 6, 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, November 8, 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).
RSVP
: event page

• Thursday, November 8, 7:30 – 9:30 pm: Toronto Chicken Save evening vigil
RSVP
: event page

• Sunday, November 25, 10 am – 12 pm: Toronto Pig Save Monthly Sunday Vigil for the Pigs
RSVP
: event page

• Wednesday, December 19, 6 – 11 pm: Animals Beyond Borders 8 – An Annual Toronto Pig Save Fundraiser
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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For more information or to help and volunteer, please contact torontopigsave@gmail.com

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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 savemovementinfo@gmail.com or check out thesavemovement.org for info on how to get started! We will help you every step of the way.



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ASIA

INDIA

Watch Pune Animal Save‘s livestream from a live market, where animal life is cheap. Abi Nathan is reporting from her India Save organizing tour.



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ISRAEL

Please watch and share: Israel Against Live Shipments bear witness and document the horror and torture that cows suffer on their forced journeys:



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AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

AUSTRALIA



Welcome Perth Cow Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.



Welcome Perth Chicken Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Melbourne Cow Save held a hugely successful vigil on October 21:
“Today we held a joint slaughterhouse vigil with Alix the Vegan and it was a great success. 70 amazing activists attended with 35 brand new activists who had never participated in a vigil before and were beginning their activism journey. We bore witness to a massive truck full of sheep, standing in their own faeces and urine as they were driven into the slaughterhouse. One of them was bleeding from near their ear We gave them love and comfort in their last hours of life. A special thanks to each and every one of you there today, your hearts are so kind and compassionate and it’s an honour to stand side by side with you.”







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NEW ZEALAND

On October 28, Auckland Animal Save bore witness to sheep arriving to their deaths at Auckland Meat Processors.
“Outside AMP, bearing witness. Special thanks to the volunteers that gave up their Sunday for the animals”



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EUROPE

AUSTRIA

Klagenfurt Animal Save held their second vigil on October 29.







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FRANCE

Paris Animal Save‘s 3-day vigil received news media coverage:

Le Parisien: Ezanville: they meet in front of the slaughterhouse to proclaim animal rights



Lyon Animal Save held their first vigil on October 29 at the Saint Romain de Popey slaughter plant. Things did not go smoothly:
“Unfortunately things didn’t happen as we would have liked. Indeed when we arrived in front of the slaughterhouse we were greeted by 30 police who immediately checked our IDs. We were informed that farmers who were unhappy with our visit had threatened to disrupt our action with the intention of being violent towards us. The action had been announced in advance and the place and time of the rally had been made public in order to be as transparent as possible with the authorities, the slaughterhouse and the farmers. Our intentions were also clear: we were there to accompany the animals and testify to their fate. The police forbade us to slow down or stop the trucks.
Thank you very much to the activists present that day and who were motivated despite the cold and difficult conditions of this action.”

Le Mans Animal Save held their first vigil on November 2 at the Socopa slaughter plant:



The vigil received news media coverage:
The Antispeciesists will come every month to support the animals in front of the Socopa slaughterhouses

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GERMANY



Welcome Berlin Chicken Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.

They already held their first vigil, on October 30 at the Wiesenhof chicken slaughter plant. “Lets show up regularly for them! You are all so amazing! Thanks for being a part of this.”







Here’s an amazing article about Chemnitz Animal Save’s vigil, part of The Save Movement – Germany Tour 2018: Vigil in front of Altenburg’s slaughterhouse (in German). For a translation, please go to this post.



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ITALY



Welcome Pisa Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.



Welcome Livorno Fish Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Salerno Animal Save held their first vigil on October 29 at the Atena Lucana slaughter plant, where pigs and calves are slaughtered. They report:
“This place, a surreal atmosphere, we managed to give our last goodbye to some scared souls only from a certain distance because we have been perceived as a threat. We will continue showing that we pacifically fight till our values of compassion, love and respect will be undestood even within these places where animal submission and exploitation is still accepted. GO VEGAN “







The vigil received coverage by multiple news oultets (in Italian):
“We thank Ondanews.it and Il Mattino di Salerno for having published these articlea about our first vigil”
Ondanews
Atena Lucana: Vegan activists stop a truck to caress animals going to the slaughterhouse

Il Mattino di Salerno
With animals bound for slaughter, vegans block the street

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NORWAY



Welcome Tromsø Fish Save. Find them on Facebook.

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SLOVENIA

Celje Animal Save received news coverage after their recent vigil (in Slovenian):
For animal rights



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SPAIN



Welcome Lugo Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.



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

They already held their first vigil on November 1 at the SADA P.A. slaughter plant, in collaboration with Valencia Animal Save and THESAVEARTH. Please watch:



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SWITZERLAND



Welcome Thun Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.

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THE NETHERLANDS

Netherlands activists Marieke van der Staaij and Gijs Driesenaar created this great video about The Save Movement – “This is what we do”:



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UNITED KINGDOM

Organizer Andrew Gough reports on the new campaign “Lifeline”:
“Cooper Ayrton Karl and Clarice Parkee (with just a little input from me ) have been working really hard to create a new partnership between The Save Movement and Animal Justice Project here in the UK. Please do share this video – we’ll be encourage groups to order free Speciesism outreach sets.
Once we’re well underway in the UK, we hope to see this spread internationally!”



Plant Based News offers more details:
The Save Movement Joins Forces With Vegan ‘Lifeline’ Campaign Creating ‘Powerhouse’

“When choices are in favour of cruelty, oppression, slavery, objectification and death of an innocent, sentient being we have a moral obligation to act!
The pigs in this footage are now gone from this world, but we all have the power to stop others from suffering the same fate!
Be on the right side of history. Go Vegan”

– Leon MP with Hull Pig Save



 

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LATIN AMERICA

ARGENTINA

Trelew Animal Save held their first vigil on October 29:
“Yesterday we had our first vigil in Trelew, Argentina. We weren’t able to take pictures of the animals since they were totally nervous and scared and we didn’t want to get close and make them feel more threatened. There were 9 activists and we couldn’t be more satisfied since it’s a small city, it was early in the morning and the slaughterhouse was 20 minutes away from our city.
They didn’t let us stay to see the second truck but we did it anyway from a distance. It was such a powerful energy. We can’t wait for our second one.”



 

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COSTA RICA

On October 28, 35 Save Movement Costa Rica activists held a vigil at the Pipasa slaughter plant, which is owned by the huge Cargill corporation and kills over 6,000 chickens daily. “Thanks to each and every activist who gave their time and love to each animal sacrificed that day; we know that it is not an easy time but all this effort is giving results — every day we are more vegans and fewer animals exploited.”







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ECUADOR

Watch: Guayaquil Animal Save bore witness to tortured mother cows as they arrived at the Guayaquil municipal slaughter plant on October 25:
“Mothers exploited for the breast milk they produced for their children. Look at their faces and share widely. As of 5:30 am their lives will be extinguished.”



 

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NORTH AMERICA

UNITED STATES

Watch: St. Louis Animal Save organized this amazing Vegan Canned Food Drive and vigil outside the Star Packing slaughter plant:



In New York City, The Save Movement aims to have 100 chapters, one at each live market. Concourse Village Animal Save is one of them.
They held their first vigil on November 3 at Rana Live Poultry and reported after their event: “Our first vigil was a success. Thank you all for coming.”







Moscow, ID Animal Save report from their very first vigil on November 3 at Vandal Brand Meats:
“Our first-ever vigil went incredibly well! We spent the morning chanting, holding signs, and planting seeds as people drove by. Our organizer’s (Danielle’s) husband brought by some cocoa and cookies for all the activists, and Food Not Bombs came by to drop off food to the activists as well! Three vegans stopped by to get our information, and to stand with us. To bear witness, we went to the feedlot to visit with the cows. We then proceeded to march across the University of Idaho until we reached the Kibbie Dome — where a game and tailgate were taking place. We did some outreach and chanting. We cannot thank the incredible activists who came out today enough!”





Kansas City Animal Save decided that the “happy milk” myth needed to be exposed, so on November 3 they held a protest outside the Shatto dairy farm, which was holding a “family day at the farm” event. They report:
“There is nothing normal about consuming a mother’s lactation fluid, unless you’re that mother’s baby. It’s time for humans to evolve and leave the animals out of it. A mother doesn’t want her babies ripped away from her, or for her body to be used up until she collapses and is sent to a slaughterhouse. This is wrong and we need to change. Try dairy alternatives such as soy, coconut, cashew, almond, rice, oat, hemp, and many others. Thank you, Kansas City activists, for speaking out for the animals.”





After bearing witness with Toronto Pig Save on the 28th of October, Buffalo Animal Save report on their scouting activities:
“Just investigated the Lackawanna Halal Market. It is a very sad place. Chickens screamed as they were pulled from the cages and held upside down by their legs, to be weighed in bulk on an industrial scale.
The entire market is a slaughterhouse. I was only able to hold it together for a few minutes before I started crying and had to leave.
I looked into the eyes of several chickens and they looked at me not in fear, but in curiosity and innocence.”





Los Angeles Animal Save continues to call for an end to animal exploitation while also giving the pigs love and water at their weekly vigils outside Farmer John’s slaughter plant:



Also: Check out this great short film on L.A. Animal Save and The Save Movement!
“Bear Witness”



 

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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 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 (iVegan.ca) 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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