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TORONTO PIG SAVE'S NEWS UPDATE


Dear friends,
Don’t turn away. Join us! Bear witness at our weekly vigils.
(Please scroll down for vigil schedule.)
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The Animal Save Movement is growing around the world!
We have 920 chapters in three branches:
Animal Save:   701 groups in 70 countries
Climate Save:  190 groups in 48 countries
Health Save:    29 groups in 11 countries

Thank you for supporting Toronto Pig Save!

2019 YEAR IN REVIEW

We give heartfelt thanks to all who attended and organized animal vigils, climate actions to raise awareness on the devastating impacts of animal agriculture and the need for vegan #FoodSystemChangeNow and Health Save Streets, providing healthy, vegan food for those in need. 
2019 was a year of growth for Animal Save Movement: we started with 590 Animal Save groups in 61 countries and we are ending the year with 701 chapters in 70 countries. The Climate Save Movement grew from 22 chapters to 190 in 48 countries. Our first chapters of Health Save Movement formed and we now have 29 chapters in 11 countries.

Animal Save Movement highlights
 
Here is a tribute video for Lily the Mother Goat who was rescued from a slaughterhouse and became an ambassador for vegan love. She sadly passed into the next world in August 2019. 

This year Animal Save chapters around the world have rescued chickens, turkeys, piglets, pigs, bulls, goats, lambs and a bunny. For a full description please visit the rescues page on our website. 

Los Angeles Animal Save vigils were featured on the front page of the L.A. Times, a truly global publication. They continued attracting celebrities to their vigils with Moby, Kat Von Dee, Michael Rapaport, Rooney Mara, Tony Kanal, Genesis Butler and Joaquin Phoenix attending during the year. Joaquin also brought with him a news crew from CBS! Worldwide, the Animal Save Movement was in hundreds of media outlets in 2019.
Our movement has had a huge impact across the social media platforms this year. We have published over 1,000 viral posts across the pages, some of which have been shared by tens of thousands and viewed by millions:
From mourning mothers,
to severely exploited mothers

From animal trapped in waste, or lab test survivors
to animals kept in extreme temperatures

Climate Save Movement highlights
2019 was a year of growth for Climate Save. We organized a series of embassy protests to raise awareness of the role of animal agriculture in the destruction of the Amazon rainforests, developed partnerships with other groups including Mighty Earth, Animal Rebellion, Amazon Watch, and Fridays for a Future school strike campaign.
We also joined marches and global days of actions for Fridays for Future and Animal Rebellion and participated in the UN Conference of the Parties of the Framework Convention on Climate Change aimed at influencing social and policy change.
We organized presentations on the connection between animal agriculture and climate change in Germany, Italy, UK, Uruguay, Mexico, US and Canada and developed a series of fact sheets on climate science, impacts and response strategies, each related to animal agriculture and the necessity to shift to a plant-based system.
In a number of countries, such as Mexico and Germany, the campaigners were on tour for Save and created new Climate Save chapters. These chapters, in turn, will help our movement achieve our goals and raise awareness of the impact of animal agriculture on climate change. We look forward to another year of growth in 2020 and hope you can join us!!
We also created a series of videos and memes for our social media platforms, @climatesavemovment on IG, Twitter and FB.

Health Save Movement highlights
Health Save Movement is about making healthy vegan food a universal right.
In Argentina, we started off with those who need it the most. We acquired the equipment and delicious ingredients necessary to begin this project, and we are now taking healthy vegan food to 500 people each week at 11 locations, and taking our message to a 20,000 follower base on social media. We have also made this campaign sustainable, investing in fundraising efforts that allow us to continue helping others. 
We want to set up a collaboration network that let us take our vegan meals everywhere, advocating for veganism in low-income neighbourhoods, through activities and workshops so that everyone can learn how sustainable, low-cost and healthy a vegan diet can be. We are also developing projects to make vegan food available in schools, hospitals and every public building, and for restaurants to provide appealing vegan options in their menus. 

Animal Save Tours
In 2019, there was 1 tour in the USA, 8 in Europe, 7 in Latin America, 2 in Asia and 1 in Oceania. This year’s Animal Save Tours introduced the new branches and developed new strategies alongside local activists. Introducing an intersectional approach has been the best way to focus our work on what unites us as social justice movements. Latin America, Asia and Europe are very different, but there is more in common than it seems at first." 

Diversity and Inclusion
We aim to create an environment of equality that doesn’t only give equal space to different people but that appreciates the input of diverse populations who bring in their unique qualities. True compassion is not selective and values the life of every non-human animal as well as every human being. 
We launched our Diversity and Inclusion Guidelines for everyone to use. The guidelines are an effective tool for us to use in all our activities, be it organizing vigils, taking photos during our events or screenings around the world. It is a list that goes beyond a set of rules and is an invitation to all to open your hearts to differences and to welcome them.
In the coming year, we will launch a 2020 Diversity Report featuring all our projects in regards to diversity, inclusion and equity. We will soon make available worldwide our trainings for activists and organizers in how to incorporate a lens of diversity and inclusion into their activism. 

 
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For Wake Up World: Holiday Edition we ask individuals to ask non-vegan friends and family to come to a vigil and sign up for Veganuary: www.veganuary.com/saveThis is a time of the year to get together as families. Let us not destroy other families, but instead encourage as many as possible to go vegan and get active. 
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Please sign and share our petition, which has about 22,000 signatures: Stop Ontario's Ag Gag Law
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Regina Pig Save held their weekly vigil on December 29 at Thunder Creek "Pork." Please watch: 

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Please watch and share Toronto Cow Save's video: They Want to Live! "We met this beautiful young cow on the 24th of December at St. Helen's slaughterhouse. She was soaking up love and wanting to live."
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WEAR AND POST YOUR ACTIVISM
Wear a great message and look good! Visit our store at torontopigsave.myshopify.com.
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Veganuary is great for anyone to get started.
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VIGIL SCHEDULE
Weekly vigils and outreach with Toronto-area Saves
Toronto Pig Save has a firm commitment to hold at least three vigils per week for pigs, cows and chickens. Everyone is welcome. The more people attending, the greater the impact. Vigils may be traumatic, but they are also an empowering experience.
Thursday, January 2, 7:30 – 9:30 am: Toronto Pig Save Weekly Vigil for the Pigs at Fearmans "Pork"
RSVP: event page

Tuesday, January 7, 9:30 am - 12 pm:  Toronto Cow Save weekly vigil for the Cows and Lambs at St. Helen’s 'Meat' Packers slaughter plant at 1 Glen Scarlett Road
RSVP: event page


Sunday, January 19, 9 - 11 am: Toronto Pig Save Sunday Vigil for the Pigs at Fearmans "Pork"
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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The Climate Save Movement is building a grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis by ending animal agriculture, reforesting the Earth and phasing out fossil fuels. Help save the planet by going vegan and promoting vegan #FoodSystemChangeNow! The climate crisis is upon us. We must rise up to mitigate and reverse it.
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Please welcome our new Climate Save chapters:

Latin America

Climate Save Colonia (Uruguay). Find them on Facebook
"Animal agriculture is killing our planet."

North America
Detroit Climate Save (USA). 
Find them on Facebook.
"The climate emergency is not some future threat; it's already a crisis that demands action from everyone."
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Watch: Cancún Climate Save held a protest outside a Burger King. 
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Pune Climate Save:
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The climate is changing so why aren’t we? Why are most of us continuing down this path of destruction? Join Climate Save Movement. Make a New Year's resolution to raise your voice and be heard!
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The Amazon is burning. Please help by signing our petition. Let's get to 200,000 signatures!
Stop Bolsonaro from destroying the Amazon!


Take Action!! Start your own Climate Save group! Visit thesavemovement.org or email us at climatesaveinfo@gmail.com to get started.
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Health Save Movement aims to show how veganism can prevent and reverse diseases related to animal products consumption, enhance food justice, and decrease spending on the health crisis.
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India's Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) officially recommends Indian citizens to go vegan: 
No New Year resolution yet? Quit meat & dairy, take up Veganuary for good

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Via Berlin Health Save: Did you know this? A scientific study published in the journal Chemical Senses found that those who refrain from eating red meat were generally judged as smelling more pleasant, less intense, and more attractive overall. 
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SAVE'S ANIMAL RESCUES


 
ITALY

Roma Animal Save & Animal Save Italia activists negotiated the rescue of a lamb during a vigil at the Acquapendente slaughter plant. Please watch. 

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THE ANIMAL SAVE MOVEMENT IN THE MEDIA


 
CANADA
Windsor-Detroit Animal Save helped organize a big banner drop over a busy Windosr highway on December 26. Watch:

The news was there to cover the event (includes video): Animal rights group protests fur farming with banner over E.C Row
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ITALY
Salerno Animal Save's vigil on December 18 received tons of news coverage. Here's a full rundown:

Occhio di Salerno
Salerno Notizie
Italia Due (video)
Info Cilento
OndaNews
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TURKEY
Ankara Health Save was on national TV during live news! They showed how easy vegan baking is and made a national drink with vegan ingredients. It was very positive and well-received. Watch.
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BEARING WITNESS  AROUND THE WORLD


 

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
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ASIA
INDIA
Please watch: Pune Animal Save went to a dairy farm on December 6 to give the babies and mothers some much needed love. 
Please also read this article about the rise of veganism in the country: Veganism in India, how the dairy-loving country is embracing a plant-based diet - Why dairy-obsessed India is moving towards veganism
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ISRAEL
Israel Animal Save held an outreach event on December 13 to show the public the horrors of live exports. "Live exports are the stain that shames our country. Baby calves and lambs go through torture and a hellish journey from their day of birth to their arrival." 
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PHILIPPINES
Metro Manila Animal Save bore witness to the thirsty baby pigs arriving to Megga Stock Farm on December 28. 
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AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
AUSTRALIA

Australian Save groups held Wake Up world vigils on December 22. Please watch:

 
Melbourne Pig Save
Melbourne Cow Save
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NEW ZEALAND
Wellington Animal Save held a holiday vigil on December 23 at the Taylor Preston slaughter plant. They report: "We finished the year off with a motoRway protest in the cold, wind and rain. We stood strong with our signs defending the animals; we planted seeds and made people think about their choice of food."
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EUROPE
BELGIUM
Animal Save Belgium and Konijn in Nood co-organized a 48-hour vigil for the Christmas victims at the Lonki slaughter plant on December 23-25, to "be the voice of the millions of meat rabbits killed in this rabbit slaughterhouse."
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DENMARK
On December 20 Sjælland Animal Save marched through town with torches on a peaceful reminder to all: "A traditional Christmas meal can be had plant-based. We wish everyone a happy vegan Christmas." Watch the procession here.
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FINLAND 
Finland Fur Animal Save held a memorial service on December 20 to honour all the animals exploited and killed for their fur. Please watch. 
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FRANCE
Please watch: Strasbourg Animal Save bore witness to the pigs arriving at the Holtzheim abattoir at night on December 16. 
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GERMANY
Freiburg Animal Save held a vigil on December 20 outside the Schlachthof Betriebs slaughter plant. They report: "We met to say goodbye to the living beings who have to lose their lives for our holiday menu. Our ambivalent and paradoxical relationship with animals
is never more evident than at Christmas: dogs and cats are given away as gifts - and often simply abandoned after the holidays, while pigs, cows and geese land on our plates as roasts."
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SPAIN  
Cantabria Animal Save held an outreach event on December 27 showing posters with images and data of the cruel reality of the animal products industry and its impact on animal lives, health and the environment.
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UNITED KINGDOM
Welcome Colchester Animal SaveFind them on Facebook and Instagram

They'll hold their first event on February 1: event page
 

 
Northamptonshire Chicken Save held a 2nd Anniversary Vigil on December 12 at the Faccenda Brackley slaughter plant. They report: "We did ask the slaughterhouse manager if he would spare a couple of lives in the spirit of Christmas, that we could take to sanctuary. He couldn't even manage to show mercy by losing that few pence on a couple of chickens. The battle continues every single day for our non-human animals." 
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LATIN AMERICA
ARGENTINA
Watch: La Plata Animal Save bears witness to the cows arriving to be killed. 
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COLOMBIA
Pereira Animal Save gave the pigs love during their December 21 vigil. 
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PANAMA
David Animal Save held a Christmas Vigil on December 22. They report: "So many many trucks filled with especially cows and bulls. A few trucks and pickup trucks with pigs, none of them older than 4 months old."
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NORTH AMERICA
MEXICO
CDMX Animal Save held a Victims of Christmas vigil on December 21. 45 activists bore witness to pigs and cows arriving to their deaths. Please watch. 
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UNITED STATES
Louisville Pig Save held a vigil at the JBS "Pork" slaughter plant on December 22. They report: "We know murder is wrong. Yet we are excluding entire populations from this protection that we grant other species like dogs and cats. We know this so badly that we turn away and stop conversations that try to help us acknowledge the truth. It hurts us so badly and fills us with guilt that we turn away, mock or become even violent against the messengers."
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San Diego Animal Save report from their vigil for sea life on December 29: "Your advocacy is so very important! We look forward to seeing you next month."
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