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Toronto Pig Save's News Update
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Don’t turn away. Join us! Bear witness at our weekly vigils.
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The Save Movement is growing around the world!
We have 900 chapters in three branches:
Animal Save:   686 groups in 70 countries
Climate Save:  169 groups in 46 countries
Health Save:    45 groups in 28 countries


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The Amazon is burning. Please help by signing our petition. Let's get to 150,000 signatures!
Stop Bolsonaro from destroying the Amazon!
The Animal Liberation Toronto Conference 2019
The Animal Liberation Toronto Conference took place on August 16 - 19. For the first time ever, hundreds of animal rights supporters and activists mobilized in and around Toronto for training, community building, and bold actions for animals and the planet.
Please go to the Liberation T.O. Facebook page and watch videos of the amazing talks and workshops, such as this talk by Roger Hallam where he describes the perspective and tactics of Extinction Rebellion on how to achieve meaningful change by working together.

Saturday August 17: the big march, a big demo at the CNE
The Animal Rights March Toronto 2019
Hundreds of activists end the march by walking into the Canadian National Exhibition grounds and holding a protest at the building that houses the animal agriculture display, where live animals are shown as products.
Sunday August 18: Vigil, die-in, a visit to Fearmans CEO, anti-fur action
Activists joined Toronto Pig Save's vigil outside Fearmans slaughter plant, followed by a die-in and street blockade.
Pigs' sounds, 200+ activists, and grim reaper haunting palatial home of Fearmans slaughterhouse CEO.
BlogTO: Anti-fur protestors trigger Eaton Centre mall lockdown

Monday August 19: Slaughterhouse lockdown: activists shut down Maple Leaf "Foods"
BlogTO: Activists rescue chickens from Maple Leaf "Foods" slaughterhouse in Toronto
Condition One video: See how the lockdown was carried out.

Jessica Scott-Reid, a Canadian writer and animal advocate, summarized the Conference and all the actions for animals very well in this Toronto Star column: If animal rights activists disturbed your weekend, they succeeded
Vancouver Chicken Save activist Frank Metivier asks the right questions: "If slaughterhouses are OK, why aren’t we allowed in to take photos? If slaughterhouses are OK, why they never advertise what they are doing in there?"
KW Animal Save report from their August 14 vigil: "We met these pigs during our vigil yesterday. By now they will all have been killed. Please join us for our next vigil, everyone is welcome."
Help Us Bring BeFairBeVegan to Toronto!
A huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far. Large or small, every dollar counts. On behalf of the animals, thank you so much, your support is greatly appreciated! We are at the 42% mark of our campaign goal and we really need your help to hit $25,000 or 50% of our target.
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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.
August 25 – 30: The Save Movement's 5 DAY VIGIL and Hunger Strike Against Construction of New Maple Leaf Slaughterhouse
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Monday, August 26, 7:30 9:30 am: Toronto Pig Save's Weekly Vigil for the Pigs at Fearmans "Pork"
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Tuesday, August 27, 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.
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• Thursday, August 29, 8 - 10:00 pm, Toronto Chicken Save weekly night vigil at Maple Leaf "Foods" Inc., 100 Ethel Ave, Toronto
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Sunday, September 22, 9:30 - 11:30 am: Toronto Pig Save Sunday Vigil for the Pigs at Fearmans "Pork"
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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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Climate Save Movement
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 becoming active. The climate crisis is upon us. We must rise to mitigate and reverse it.
Please welcome our new Climate Save chapters from around the world:
North America
Manitoba Climate Save (Canada). Find them on Facebook.

9/9 Don't Eat The Amazon
Please join us on 9/9 (September 9) to raise awareness and demand global action in response to the increasing destruction happening to the Amazon. The Brazilian government in conjunction with animal feed companies is turning the Amazon rainforests into meat burgers. Global actions will take place with marches and protests to Brazilian Embassies, fast food restaurants, chalking in public spaces, meditation circles and candle-light vigils. If you'd like to join in, look for your local Climate Save group or if you don't have one, contact us about joining.
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What would you be willing to do to protect your home? Indigenous protesters in Brazil invaded a government office to take a stand against the policies of far-right President Bolsonaro.
Amazon Watch Statement on Forest Fires in the Brazilian Amazon
"The unprecedented fires ravaging the Amazon are an international tragedy and a dangerous contribution to climate chaos. This devastation is directly related to President Bolsonaro's anti-environmental rhetoric, which erroneously frames forest protections and human rights as impediments to Brazil's economic growth.
Farmers and ranchers understand the president's message as a license to commit arson with wanton impunity, in order to aggressively expand their operations into the rainforest." Read more here. Feeling Sad About the Amazon Fires? Stop Eating Meat - The growing demand for meat around the world is directly linked to the Amazon fires.
The Guardian: Revealed: rampant deforestation of Amazon driven by global greed for meat
Global News: "...cattle farmers start fires deliberately to clear forest to make way for ranching, and it’s not always legal.” Animal agriculture is A LEADING cause of the climate crisis. Go vegan now to help save the planet:

Take Action!! Start your own Climate Save group! Visit or email us at to get started.
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Health Save Movement

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.
Please welcome our new Health Save chapters from around the world:
North America
Knoxville Health Save (USA). Find them on Facebook.
Creating a healthy society through healthy vegan food: 96 meals were given to slaughterhouse workers and truck drivers made of whole grain tortilla wrap, lettuce, brown rice, quinoa, corn, black beans, onions, cumin and chilli powder. Fresh tomato salsa, cashew cream jalapeño sauce and a side of fruits! Amazing job by Augusta GA Animal Save and Augusta GA Health Save. 6 Science-Based Health Benefits of Eating Vegan
1. A Vegan Diet Is Richer in Certain Nutrients
2. It Can Help You Lose Excess Weight
3. It Appears to Lower Blood Sugar Levels and Improve Kidney Function
4. A Vegan Diet May Protect Against Certain Cancers
5. It's Linked to a Lower Risk of Heart Disease
6. A Vegan Diet Can Reduce Pain from Arthritis
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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
Watch: Pune Animal Save bore witness at a small dairy where cows and goats are exploited.
Please watch Kuala Lumpur Animal Save's video from their recent vigil for the chickens.
Seoul Animal Save bore witness to pigs and cows at the slaughter plant on August 20. Please watch.
Brisbane Animal Save bore witness to chickens on August 9 at the Inghams slaughter plant in Murarrie.
Mirovice Duck Save report from their August 20 vigil: "Footage from yesterday of aggressive employees at the slaughterhouse in Mirovice (Vodňanská "poultry"). Each day around 25,000 lives are taken here (ducks, chickens). They clearly don't want the world to see the stories of animals whose lives ended in these slaughterhouses."
Welcome Toulouse Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.
Buchloe/LL Animal Save held a 5-hour vigil on August 16. Please watch.
One of the drivers allowed activists to enter the transport and see the animals up close.
Maribor Animal Save held a vigil on August 5. The local TV news was there to report.
Spain has the biggest slaughterhouse in Europe. Join The Save Movement on a 5-day vigil, August 26-30, concluding with the Animal Rights March in Barcelona.
Visby Animal Save held their first vigil on August 14 at the Gotlands slaughter plant. They report: "77,990 pigs, 34,367 sheep and lambs and 19,517 cows - so many were killed at the slaughterhouse in Visby during the last year. It's easy to think that these are only big numbers but behind this huge number we find unique individuals. Every single one of these killed has a unique personality and should be entitled to their own life."
Welcome Clitheroe Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.

Hertfordshire Chicken Save was joined by Save activists from the USA on their August 16 vigil: "Today we were joined by our friends from Los Angeles Animal Save in bearing witness to tens of thousands of baby chickens arriving to their deaths. We stopped four out of six trucks (due to some reckless driving) and spent time with the babies. Each truck was loaded with up to 9,000 baby chickens - roughly crammed into crates piled deep and high."

Essex Pig Save's 5 days of vigils from August 19 - 23 saw them outside a number of abattoirs bearing witness to many animals about to be killed. Their message is: "It doesn’t have to be this way. Extend your circle of compassion to ALL animals. Stop paying for cruelty and live Vegan."
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Zona Norte Animal Save's vigil at the Pacheco slaughter plant received coverage by TV show "Animales Sueltos". Please watch.
Save Movement Costa Rica took part in the Animal Rights March through the streets of San Jose on August 17.
Montevideo Animal Save is in the news. This report by the AFP news agency includes an interview with them and great information about their work: The struggle of vegans in Uruguay, the country with the most cows per capita in the world
The Save Organizing Tour of Mexico continues with great success. Please watch: the first vigil with the new Morelia Animal Save.
Newark Animal Save held a vigil on August 10 at American Halal Meat.

Northern Colorado Animal Save bore witness at the JBS slaughterhouse on August 12. Please watch.

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