Toronto Pig Save started in December 2010 as a grassroots, animal rights, vegan group, after an adopted dog, Mr. Bean, put us in touch with our community. As I walked with Mr. Bean each morning on Lake Shore we’d see 8 or 9 transport trucks carrying sad and frightened pigs to a nearby downtown slaughterhouse called Quality Meat Packers (QMP). In July 2011, we committed to holding a minimum of three vigils each week to bear witness of pigs and other farmed animals transported to Toronto area slaughterhouses. QMP has since gone bankrupt in 2014 so we now hold weekly Pig Save vigils at Fearman’s “Pork” Inc. slaughterhouse in Burlington. We hold regular Toronto Cow Save vigils, usually on Thursday mornings 9-11 am at 1 Glen Scarlett Road, and Toronto Chicken Save vigils, usually Thursday evenings 8-10 pm, at 100 Ethel Avenue.
Toronto Pig Save uses the strategy of bearing witness to animals in their final moment as they approach slaughterhouses. We use a love-based community-organizing approach and develop team leadership in order to build a grassroots animal justice movement based on the principles of animal equality and freedom. Our vision is to replace animal agriculture, fields used for feed crops and slaughterhouses with wild spaces, forests (this would address the crisis of catastrophic climate change (ClimateVegan.org) and animal sanctuaries. Our love-based approach to community organizing is informed by Leo Tolstoy (The Kingdom of God is Within You on nonviolence, love and truth), and Mahatma Gandhi campaigns.
In the summer of 2015, we committed to holding monthly all-day or 24-hour vigils. These all-day vigils are well attended. We often stop the transport trucks, with the assistance of the police, so we can safely bear witness as a community. The vigils include special guests like vegan celebrities, free vegan food, photography and workshops to empower activists, and vegan outreach. Please consider going vegan and getting involved by joining us for our weekly and all-day vigils!
Toronto Pig Save has grown to a global The Save Movement with about 50 Save groups in Canada, the U.S., Australia, and Europe. For a list of Save groups and social media, visit our website, www.TheSaveMovement.org.
-Anita Krajnc, organizer
Please visit us on:
Toronto Pig Save Facebook group and Facebook page
Toronto Cow Save Facebook group and Facebook page, and
Toronto Chicken Save Facebook group and Facebook page
Twitter: @TorontoPigSave @ClimateVegan
Tumblr: TorontoCowSave on Tumblr , TorontoPigSave on Tumblr, and TorontoChickenSave on Tumblr
Instagram: Toronto Pig Save, Toronto Cow Save, Toronto Chicken Save and The Save Movement
Video platforms: YouTube, Vimeo
Vigil coordination: Anita Krajnc | Assistance with all-day vigil coordination: Veganoso and Kelly Kerr | Vegan food: Radhika Subramanyan and Kelly Kerr
Our social media is run by a host of campaigners: Veganoso (IG and Twitter), Anita Krajnc (various), Mary Fantaske (Tumblr), Joanne O’Keefe, Kelly Kerr, Ray Kowalchuk, Agnes Cseke, Louise Jorgensen, Anna Pippus, Ashley Capps, Patricia Massari, among others on Facebook.
Graphics design: Louise Jorgensen and Joanne O’Keefe
Technical support: Bogar Felix, Lori Croonen, and Susan Banks
Fundraising: Anita Krajnc, Ian Purdy and Veganoso
Shopify (soon to be opened): Kelly Kerr and Jennifer O’Toole
-Anita Krajnc, co-founder and co-organizer