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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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Save continues to grow all over the world! We now have 689 Animal Save groups in 72 countries listed on our website. We also have 107 Climate Save groups in 38 countries and 27 Health Save groups in 18 countries.
Help Us Bring BeFairBeVegan to Toronto! Watch our campaign video: please go to Save's YouTube channel. Learn more, donate if you are able, and share Our GoFundMe campaign.
We have very exciting news! With your help, we can bring BeFairBeVegan to Toronto! BFBV is a high-profile advertising campaign that presents to the consuming public the end of all animal use as the prerequisite for a fair and just society. Unlike many animal advocacy campaigns, BFBV’s central message is that veganism is a matter of fundamental justice, not a matter of convenience or personal choice.
Toronto is now poised to become the
eighth city to host BeFairBeVegan’s provocative billboards, challenging both residents and summer visitors to consider the consequences of using products that involve animal exploitation. Please check out these artists impressions below of how the campaign will look. With 2019 being hailed as “the year of the vegan,” this is the perfect time to bring BeFairBeVegan’s powerful vegan message to Canada’s most populous city.
Join us for the 2019 Women's March From Fearmans Slaughterhouse -
Everyone welcome. Our goal is to double the numbers from last year
May 12, 9 am – 2 pm. RSVP: event page
We will start the day with a vigil for the pigs. After bearing witness and leaving flowers and messages for the babies trapped inside the slaughterhouse, we will start marching to a park in downtown Burlington. We are marching to show our solidarity to the nonhuman females that have been oppressed by the patriarchy.
Toronto Pig Save held our monthly Sunday vigil on April 28 at Fearmans slaughter plant. Activist Lara Friedrich reports: "Over 30 people came out to bear witness, give water to the pigs and hold signs. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to be there for the animals!"
KW Animal Save held a vigil on May 2 for Pigs and Cows Killed in Barn Fire, to mourn 170 adult pigs, 250 of their babies and 30 cows who burned alive in a barn fire in Wellesley on April 29. Approximately 19 cows survived the fire and are still captive. Kathy Brookes Photography. CTV News published a small story about the vigil.
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Manitoba Animal Save held a vigil at the Dunn-Rite chicken slaughter plant on April 27. After the vigil, they did some cleanup around the area. "There's a lot of birds including geese and magpies that probably benefit from the area being litter free!"
Ottawa Farmed Animal Save held their monthly vigil on April 29 outside the Ottawa Livestock Exchange. They report: "We had a couple new supporters, which is always uplifting. It was quieter than normal, but that didn’t stop a somewhat steady stream of trucks and farmers dropping off their farmed animals to be auctioned."
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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 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 that helps build community and a support network of like-minded activists. Please join us. Scroll down for vigil schedule.
Monday, May 6, 4:30 pm & 6 pm: KW Animal Save Outreach and Vigil
RSVP: event page

Tuesday, May 7, 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, May 8, 7:30 - 9:30 am: Toronto Pig Save's Weekly 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, May 9, 7 - 10 pm, Toronto Chicken Save Vigil, Maple Leaf "Foods" Inc., 100 Ethel Ave, Toronto
RSVP: event page

• Sunday, May 12, 9 am - 2 pm: 2019 Women's March From Fearmans Slaughterhouse
RSVP: event page

Monday, May 20, 10 am - 12 pm: Toronto Pig Save's Victoria Day Vigil for the Pigs 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

Friday, June 14, 9 am – 11 am: Toronto Pig Save's Stop Live Transport: International Awareness Day Vigil, Fearmans Pork, 821 Appleby Line, Burlington, Ontario
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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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 change crisis is upon us, and we must urgently rise to mitigate  and reverse it. The great news is that there are new Climate Save groups being formed all around the world!
Please welcome our new chapters:
Climate SAVE Atlanta GA (USA). Find them on Facebook.
Cusco Climate Save (Peru). Find them on Facebook and Instagram.
Planting Life: A Climate Save Movement Project
Planting trees is an act of defiance, and an act of resistance, in a world that values industry and construction over natural life and wild spaces. Planting trees is an act of hope - hope in a beautiful, natural future for all beings. There is an old Greek proverb that says that a society grows great when we plant trees in whose shade we know we will never sit. Planting trees is a pure act of selfless love for future inhabitants. Please take photos and video of you and your community planting trees, and share them using the hashtag #ClimateSaveLife. Your work will inspire others!
These tree-planting drones are firing ‘seed missiles’ into the ground.

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

Please help by signing our petition. Let's get to 15,000 signatures!
Stop Bolsonaro from destroying the Amazon!
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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
Hong Kong Pig Save held an outreach event at Lingnan University. They report: "We met vegetarians in our plant-based outreach and enjoyed vegan dim sum. Young people pursue freedom and racial and gender equality, yet speciesism is still very common. Animals need our voice."
Metro Manila Animal Save April 28 at the Megga Stock Farm Inc. slaughter plant. "The trucks kept coming. The screams keep going. Blood keeps spilling, but we won't surrender!" The kid is the son of one of the butchers. Please watch.
Bangkok Animal Save report from their April 26 vigil: "We had a vigil from which a video and a photo series have gone viral here. We’ve also been featured on a news site - this is huge for the animal liberation movement not only in Bangkok, but Asia as a whole." Please watch.
See the news article covering the vigil here.
On April 24, World Day for Animals in Laboratories, Newcastle Save Animals in Laboratories collaborated with The Animal Justice Project's Lifeline campaign and Animal Liberation NSW Newcastle to ASK UON To Stop Animal Experiments. The vigil focused on the unethical and outdated smoking mice tests which have been conducted at the University of Newcastle for over a decade.
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Ruiselede Pig Save's April 16 vigil at the De Coster slaughter plant was covered by the local news media:
Copenhagen Animal Save held a vigil for the cows killed at the Mogens Nielsen Kreatur slaughter plant on April 26. They didn't see any animals being transported, but they'll be back.
Please watch: At Paris Animal Save's April 30 vigil, activist and cow try to make eye contact, even if for a brief moment.
Welcome Tampere Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.

Their first vigil, for cows, is set for May 31: event page

Rostock Animal Save held a vigil for the pigs on May 3 at the Danish Crown Teterow slaughter plant. Danish Crown is Europe's largest pig slaughterer, with locations in several countries, including the UK (Tulip).
Connaught Animal Save held a vigil at the Kepak slaughter plant on May 3. They report: "Bearing witness: One moment of love, because their lives did matter."
Salerno Animal Save and Napoli Animal Save held an Easter vigil on April 17. They bore witness to lambs, cows and pigs. Please watch.
Cardiff Animal Rights joined South Wales Animal Save at the St. Merrin slaughter plant. "Heartbreaking footage of gentle souls going to slaughter, shaking with fear, they can sense it in the air, they know what's coming." Please watch.
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Welcome Popayán Animal Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.
Please watch: Guayaquil Animal Save bear witness as a calf born on the truck is torn from their mother.
Welcome San Pedro Sula Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.
Cusco Animal Save report from their April 28 vigil at the K'ayra slaughter plant: "For them we will keep standing, fighting for their rights. Animal freedom forever!"
The Save Latino Tour Mexico 2019 continues and is producing great results.
Welcome Toluca Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.
They held their first vigil on April 29. They report: "At today's vigil we were able to witness the anxiety that cows and pigs experience when being transported to the slaughterhouse, we talked to them, sang to them, caressed them, offered them water to calm their last thirst."

The Save Latino Tour joined CDMX Animal Save for a vigil on April 30. Please watch.
Tampa Bay Animal Save held their first vigil on April 28 at the Musa Halal slaughter plant. They report: "Today was a very successful day in many aspects. We gained a lot of helpful information regarding possible transport truck times by speaking to some more of the slaughterhouse workers. We are also still learning. We thank each of you for all of your help, support, and knowledge you provide us, as well as your continued patience."

Portland Animal Save held a protest and vigil on April 23  to mark World Week For Animals In Laboratories outside the notorious Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), which has a long history of abusing monkeys in cruel and painful experiments. JaneUnChained News covered the protest in detail.

Washington DC Animal Save held a vigil on April 28 outside Tyson "Foods" slaughter plant in Glen Allen, Virginia. As of 2016 Tyson is the world's second largest processor and marketer of meat after JBS.
Later that day, they held another vigil, for the pigs killed at at Smithfield Packing in Smithfield, Virginia. They gave the pigs love and water.
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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 8 years, The Save Movement has grown to over 680 Save groups in 72 countries 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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