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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 664 Animal Save groups in 70 countries listed on our website. We also have 116 Climate Save groups in 40 countries and 29 Health Save groups in 19 countries.
Toronto Pig Save's weekly vigil at Fearmans slaughter plant is moving to Monday mornings. The first vigil on the new day will be on May 27.
• Monday, May 27, 7:30 - 9:30 am. RSVP: event page
Thanks for all the kind support!!! We are at $13,412 (27%). 117 donations so far. Please donate and share the BeFairBeVegan Toronto campaign. Help Us Bring BeFairBeVegan to Toronto! Thanks to you we are well on our way to bringing BeFairBeVegan to Toronto!
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.
2019 Women's March from Fearmans
We marched through Burlington from Fearmans slaughter plant to tell the public about the injustices committed there against mothers and their babies. We marched to a park where we enjoyed delicious food made by our friends at The Hearty Hooligan.
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Please watch and share Vancouver Chicken Save's video, "This is why we bear witness."
KW Animal Save report from their May 6 vigil at Conestoga "Meat" Packers, a slaughter plant that claims to be better because it is owned by a farmers cooperative. "All of the pigs in these photographs were killed on May 6. By eating a plant-based diet and living a vegan life, we refuse to contribute to the violation of the rights of non-human animals. Please join us."
Veganuary is great for anyone to get started.
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 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

Tuesday, May 21, 11 am – 12:30 pm: Toronto Fish Save's Ripley's Vigil
RSVP: event page

Tuesday, May 21, 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

• Thursday, May 23, 7 - 10 pm, Toronto Chicken Save Vigil, Maple Leaf "Foods" Inc., 100 Ethel Ave, Toronto
RSVP: event page

• Monday, May 27, 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

Monday, June 3, 4:30 pm & 6 pm: KW Animal Save Outreach and Vigil
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

Monday, July 1, 10 am 12 pm: Toronto Pig Save Canada Day Vigil for the Pigs
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:
Seoul Climate Save (South Korea). Find them on Facebook.
Tokyo Climate Save (Japan). Find them on Facebook.
Climate Save (Italy). Find them on Facebook and Instagram.
Latin America
Maldonado Climate Save (Uruguay). Find them on Facebook and Instagram.
Time magazine: ‘Now I Am Speaking to the Whole World.’ How Teen Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Got Everyone to Listen
"In her spare time, she likes cooking vegan food and playing with her two dogs.... Meantime, there is a Greta effect within the home too. Svante and Thunberg’s mother Malena Ernman have given up meat, installed solar panels on their home and stopped traveling by air—decisions they made because they tired of arguments with their stubborn daughter, Svante likes to joke. It’s been a major shift for Malena, an opera singer who no longer flies abroad to performances. “Once she realized the consequences of that lifestyle, she was easy to convince,” Thunberg says, sounding more like a parent than a child."
The Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, which has tracked atmospheric CO2 levels since the late 1950s, detected 415.26 parts per million on May 14. The 2001 level was The last time earth’s atmosphere contained this much CO2 was more than three million years ago, when global sea levels were several metres higher and parts of Antarctica were blanketed in forest. “It shows that we are not on track with protecting the climate at all. The number keeps rising and it’s getting higher year after year,” Wolfgang Lucht, from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, said. “This number needs to stabilise,” he added. Levels of CO2 - one of a trinity of greenhouse gases produced when fossil fuels are burnt – are climbing at a rapid pace.
Forbes: We Have Five Years To Save Ourselves From Climate Change, Harvard Scientist Says
James Anderson, a Harvard University professor of atmospheric chemistry best known for establishing that chlorofluorocarbons were damaging the ozone layer. “The chance that there will be any permanent ice left in the Arctic after 2022 is essentially zero,” Anderson said, with 75 to 80 percent of permanent ice having melted already in the last 35 years. “People have the misapprehension that we can recover from this state just by reducing carbon emissions, Anderson said in an appearance at the University of Chicago. Recovery is all but impossible, he argued, without a World War II-style transformation of industry”

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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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.

Augusta GA Health Save (USA) held a brown bag lunch giveaway to slaughter plant workers. Organizer Dee Spencer: "I hope they enjoyed them because we enjoyed handing them out (and preparing them). Round one! More to come!"
The Guardian: Even moderate intake of red meat raises cancer risk, study finds
"The risk increased by 20% with each extra slice of ham or rasher of bacon (roughly 25g) the study participants ate, and by 19% with each thick slice of roast beef or the edible part of a lamb cutlet (about 50g)."
Vegans are the healthiest and may outlive us all, says study
The latest study, published in The Journal of Nutritionlooked at how various diets impact biomarkers, like antioxidants such as carotenoids. They found that vegans have the most antioxidants in their bodies, presumably because they eat more vegetables and fruit.
Health Save Movement's Vegan Ramadan
Peace 🙏
Ramadan is a good time for moving towards a more conscious and positive lifestyle - to quit smoking cigarettes and other habits that affect us and our surroundings with negative effects, for example. There have been cases of
people who end up in the hospital because of the habits of eating  while breaking the fast (large meals containing high fat that comes from the animal or their bodily secretions)
Is there a healthier way to fast?
More at the
event page.
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Lily the Mother Goat
Hi, I'm Lily the Mother Goat. Please follow/like my Instagram and Facebook pages.
Sweet Blossom lived at Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary for over a decade. The nice humans there said: "While she will be dearly missed, we are happy knowing we were able to give her a good life with friends that was free of harm."


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
Gonda Animal Save report from their vigil at a dairy on April 29: "This is where your milk comes from. This is a small dairy farm where 7-8 animals are kept in a filthy confined space, in a small shade. Today's temperature is 43℃. When we visited there, the animals were thirsty and starving as there was no water and food. The dairy owner said that they sell the male calves and old buffaloes to butchers."
Israel Animal Save ask that we listen and see: "Listen to the video. Listen to the real soundtrack - the crying of the suffering babies. Look at their sad eyes after enduring a long harsh journey, urine dripping on them and no place to move."
Seoul Animal Save bore witness on May 13 at a chicken slaughter plant. It's not easy as a veil of secrecy surrounds the place. Please watch.
Watch: sad pigs yearning for freedom at Melbourne Pig Save's vigil outside Diamond Valley "Pork."

Tasmanian Animal Save held a vigil on May 6 at the Gretna Meatworks slaughter plant. They report: "We laid flowers on the fence, and implored those delivering animals to slaughter to instead choose peace and kindness. Most refused to look at us; one driver told us we were wasting our time. It is never a waste of time to stand in solidarity with the exploited and the vulnerable, nor to spread a message of peace right at the gates obscuring so much violence."
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Please watch this update on the Meat the Victims action in Netherlands on May 13, during which more than 200 activists entered a pig farm to document the horrors going on inside.
The Save Movement Innsbruck held their first vigil on May 17 outside a butcher shop. Please watch.
Siegen Animal Save held their first vigil on May 17 outside the Fleischmarkt Olpe slaughter plant. They report: "See pictures of great humans who, despite the weather, cannot be stopped from standing up for the animals. But also pictures of cows and bulls who aren't alive anymore."
Welcome Pordenone Animal Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.
Setubal Animal Save - Stop Live Exports bore witness to these calves with broken, bleeding horns on their way to be killed far, far away after a painful journey.
Gandia Animal Save gave love to the chickens during their May 2 vigil.
Borås Animal Save saw dead animals dumped in the garbage, and filmed the workers trying to cover it up, during their vigil at the KLS Ugglarps slaughter plant.
Nunspeet Chicken Save bore witness at the Gecombineerde Pluimvee Slachterijen slaughter plant on May 16. GPS is a 40-year-old medium-sized "poultry processor."
Their vigils were featured on this Dutch TV report. Please watch.
Activist Tilly Stuarty reports from Guildford Animal Save's April 26 vigil at the ABP "Food" Group slaughter plant: "Are their lives really worth less than a flavour? 💔 We saw you and we are trying. I promise."
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Valparaíso Animal Save ask: "Would you care if this was your mother? On Mother's Day, not all mothers are in humans' thoughts."

Please watch: Thirsty pigs drink water as others scream in their death truck prison during Guayaquil Animal Save's vigil. "There is no need to continue being the executioners of animals of other species. There are no excuses."
León Animal Save held their first two vigils on May 11 and 13 as part of the Save Latino Tour Mexico 2019. Please watch live video from May 13 at the municipal slaughter plant.
Welcome Sonoma County Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.

Oahu Animal Save held a vigil at Kunoa Cattle Co. on May 14. They report: "It’s always interesting to note the reactions of passersby. Some look sad. Some look nervous. Some look angry. Most are highly curious. And there’s often a remarkable dawning of realization. 'They are here for the animals.' That’s right. And we’re not leaving anytime soon."

Tampa Bay Animal Save bore witness at the Sierra Farm slaughter plant on May 10. "These beautiful innocent and sweet babies are living in absolute filth. Their living quarters reeked of feces and urine. They had sores on their bodies and complete despair in their eyes. Yet, some of them still wanted to come up to us and we were able to at least give them some form of comfort and compassion."

Houston Animal Save protested the cruelty and injustice of horse-drawn carriages. "Making horses pull oversized loads like carriages is cruel. Horses are forced to toil in all weather extremes, dodge traffic, and pound the pavement all day long. They may develop respiratory ailments because they breathe in exhaust fumes, and they can suffer debilitating leg problems from walking on hard surfaces."

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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 660 Save groups in 70 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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