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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.)
Save continues to grow all over the world! We now have 685 Animal Save groups in 72 countries listed on our website. We also have 105 Climate Save groups in 38 countries and 27 Health Save groups in 18 countries.
200 activists take over Excelsior "Hog" Farm in Abbotsford, B.C., Canada
On April 28, 65 activists locked themselves down inside the farm. A further 140 activists held a protest outside of the facility. This action is part of the international movement called “Meat the Victims” and the first such in Canada.
Here are some of the news stories covering the action:
Global News: Animal rights activists occupy B.C. pig farm over abusive conditions allegedly caught on video
CTV News: Animal activists protest at pig farm in B.C.
CBC News: Activists enter Abbotsford pig farm after 'troubling' footage emerges

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.
In Part II of this workshop series, we will apply our research model to another corporate target, this time in London, Ontario. It is not necessary to have attended Part I of this workshop series, and encourage anyone who DID to bring a friend this time!
What is a campaign? How can strategic corporate campaigns get us closer to animal liberation?
How can you help the animal liberation movement from a computer?
RSVP: event page
A young person's perspective: Thank you Veronika for bearing witness to the cows and pigs, for being compassionate and advising others to do the same. Go vegan and get involved. Join us this Wednesday May 1 for our weekly vigil at Fearmans "Pork" Inc., 821 Appleby Burlington (near the Appleby GO train station).
Please watch and share Ditch Dairy SAVE lives' video: These baby cows are crying out for their mothers. They were taken away from their mothers soon after being born and will never be reunited.
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London Pig Save has resumed vigils at FGO Organics, a slaughter plant that sells the humane myth. Please watch.
At Toronto Cow Save's weekly vigil, Alex, former manager of the Keg Steakhouse, joined and bore witness. Please watch.
Tri-Cities Animal Save held an Easter Light vigil on April 18. They report: "This morning we were out at 5:30 am bearing witness at Pitt Meadows 'Meats.' They kill a lot of lambs for Easter."
Toronto Chicken Save report from their April 25 night vigil: "Please watch - The first vigil of 2019 where we’ve been able to bear witness."
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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, April 29, 6:30 pm - 8 pm: Brampton Chicken Save Evening Vigil and Outreach, 8301 Winston Churchill Blvd.
RSVP: event page

Tuesday, April 30, 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 1, 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 2, 7 - 10 pm, Toronto Chicken Save Vigil, Maple Leaf "Foods" Inc., 100 Ethel Ave, Toronto
RSVP: event page

• Saturday, May 4, 12 pm - 5 pm: Research for Revolution - Part II, London, Ontario
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:
Puebla Climate Save (Mexico). Find them on Facebook.
Pune Climate Save (India). Find them on Facebook.
Climate Save Movement groups in many countries are collaborating to clean up beaches. This is one of those cleanups, carried out in Argentina.
Please watch and share: Roger Hallam, Extinction Rebellion's co-founder, delivers a most profound talk. Virtue ethics is what moves most. Roger walks you through the reality of 3.6 degrees Celsius global warming locked into the system which would spell extinction, the power of mass civil disobedience and societal disruption in achieving social change, and then asks
the crucial questions: If you were on your death bed what would you want to have done in your life, if you're willing to be arrested and/or go to jail what would that look like/who would you call/what would you have to arrange... Nonviolent civil disobedience training makes people more comfortable with taking part in it. Let's get trainings started...
Roger Hallam: "Climate Catastrophe: why we are heading towards extinction and what to do about it."

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
Welcome Lucknow Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.
Please watch: They held their first vigil on April 26. They report: "Our first vigil in Gonda at a slaughterhouse near Ambedkar Chauraha. When we reached the site, they were unloading a truck filled with chickens. Please see the videos and photos and think what (whom) you eat and how safe and healthy it is. See how much they suffer due to our greed for meat. Go vegan please."
Metro Manila Animal Save brought this message to their vigil on April 21: "One day all animals will be liberated with the help of our endless compassion! Keep fighting, brothers and sisters!"
Seoul Animal Save held an Earth's Day vigil on April 22. Please watch as the activists stop a truck so they can bear witness.
Welcome Sydney Animal Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Their first event is set for June 1: Protest ICC Sydney RODEO

Wollongong Animal Save held their first event, a chalktivism meetup, on April 21. They report: "Amazing day today putting the truth on the pavement! Almost everyone who walked past had a look, and a few people stopped to chat!"

Melbourne Chicken Save held an Easter Monday Demo on April 22 outside a recently opened KFC. They report: "Good Love eatery 💖 kindly agreed to provide free samples to the public of their amazing cruelty free KFC alternative and show them that plant-based alternatives are far from boring."
Wellington Animal Save and Speak Up for Animals NZ held a roadside Easter vigil on April 18. They report: "Today we braved the cold snap to remind Wellingtonians that animals are being killed under our noses and that MEAT IS MURDER. Some wonderful signage encouraging a vegan future and being kind to all kinds!"
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Anderlecht Animal Save held a 12-hour vigil on April 23 outside the Abattoir de Anderlecht. They report: "We saw no animals, except for a truck riding with doors open... we could see the hooks and some poor pigs that were already slaughtered... Its was freezing but it was a warm action. We layed down flowers and had a minute of silence for all the animals that have lost, will lose en were losing their lives as we stood there."
Finland Fur Animal Save visited a Finnish fur farm in Kauhava, Ostrobothnia on April 23. They report: "We were invited by the Finnish Fur Breeders’ Association and this is the farm they wanted to show us. At this farm, they are exploiting minks, foxes and raccoon dogs for their fur."
Sète Animal Save held a 36-hour vigil at the port on April 22 - 23. They report: "We reached out to the public, made beautiful connections and we were able to talk with people who work at the port. Even though we did not see the animals on trucks passing by, the fact that we are on the roundabout disturbs the industry enormously and it gives us the will to continue in this direction, until we achieve abolition."
Hamburg Animal Save held a vigil on April 18 at the VION slaughter plant. "Thank you to everyone who took the time to bear witness and say goodbye to our fellow earthlings."
Welcome Ditch Dairy SAVE Lives Trondheim. Find them on Facebook.
They aim to hold outreach and bear witness at local dairy farms, or at factories where dairy is processed.
Please watch and share Setubal Animal Save - Stop Live Exports' video: Calf tries to escape from live export ship.
Please watch: Blokker Chicken Save held a vigil on April 24 at the Plukon slaughter plant, part of the Plukon Food Group, which has 18 branches in five countries and over 5,000 employees.
Spalding & Peterborough Animal Save's vigils are in the news: VIDEO: Morrisons respond to 'Save' campaigners in vigil at Pinchbeck slaughterhouse

Swansea Animal Save in Wales held a vigil for the cows on April 23 at the Cig Calon Cymru Cyf abattoir. Please watch.
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Santa Fe Animal Save is marking one year of holding vigils with this video: "Join our vigils. Thank you for bearing witness, coming to the vigils and meeting the victims to show their reality."
Pereira Animal Save held a vigil for the pigs on April 13. Please watch.
Please watch: Guayaquil Animal Save bear witness and tries to comfort the stressed pigs on the truck during their April 23 vigil.
Welcome León Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.

Their first vigil is set for May 11 as part of the Save Latino Tour Mexico 2019: event page
Welcome Cuernavaca Animal Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Saltillo Animal Save bore witness at the slaughter plant holding pens on April 25. They report: "Today we decided to do something different and bring a speaker with music and sounds of nature 🐮  Listening to the birds made them curious, they turned and approached. Some of them took water, allowed us to be caress them and licked each other. Open your heart, you do not need to be part of this. It's time to tear down obsolete beliefs. It does not cost you anything, it costs them their lives 💔" Please watch:
Denver Baby Animal Save held a vigil on April 14 outside Superior Farms, a lamb slaughter plant. Please watch this detailed video.

New York City Save groups came together on April 20 to hold a Unity Vigil at two live markets in Brooklyn: Tiba Live "Poultry" and Kikiriki Live "Poultry". Bushwick Animal Save, linden street, Long Island Animal Save and Harlem Animal Save report: "We gathered outside of 2 slaughterhouses in Brooklyn, held a meditation circle for activists, sang and played music to the animals about to be slaughtered."
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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 670 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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