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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.
(Please scroll down for vigil schedule.)
Save continues to grow all over the world! We now have 680 Animal Save groups in 72 countries listed on our website. We also have 104 Climate Save groups in 38 countries and 27 Health Save groups in 18 countries.
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

How Cargill, Bunge, and other animal feed companies are destroying forests in the Amazon and elsewhere:
Brazil ports, Cargill seek lower Panama Canal fees
"SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilian port operators including units of global grain traders Cargill Ltd. and Bunge Ltd. will unveil a proposal this week to lower Panama Canal tariffs and cut their costs in shipping agricultural commodities to their main market China."

See also:
China increasingly involved in Brazil’s ambitious Amazon rail network

"Surprisingly few railroads have been built in Amazonia. Most famous is the catastrophic Madeira-Mamoré railway, built between 1907-1912 to link Porto Velho to Guajará-Mirim in western Brazil."
Niagara Farm Animal Save and Hamilton Animal Save held an Easter Lamb & Cow Vigil on April 15 at Ryding-Regency "Meat" Packers. Please watch: "A downed cow arrives at St. Helens Meat Packers."
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Watch: Toronto Fish Save held a joint vigil and cube with Anonymous for the Voiceless Toronto outside of Ripley's Aquarium to mark World Day for the End of Fishing.
Okanagan Animal Save's video of Zaitamyn Egg Farm's killing and disposal of hens made it on the Global News broadcast. Please watch.
Okanagan Animal Save raising concerns about hen cull at Shuswap egg farm
"A cow is just a big dog, a pig is just an other version of a dog. They are all different from the outside but practically the same.” - Justin Anderson, vigil attendee
Go vegan and get involved! Join us at our weekly morning vigils on Tuesdays for the Cows and Lambs 9:30 am - 12 pm at St. Helen's "Meat" Packers slaughter plant at 1 Glen Scarlett Road.
Windsor-Detroit Farm Animal Save in the news April 10 Weston abattoir.
Co-organizer Josh Atkins said this event was part of the global movement that started in Toronto and bears witness to farm animals on their way to slaughter.
The vigil's message was amplified as it received local news coverage: Pigs en route to abattoir get brief relief from local activist group
“Our goal is to give these animals a little bit of compassion in their last minutes of life,”
co-organizer Josh Atkins said. “We also help document their life so they’re not forgotten about.”
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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.
Tuesday, April 23, 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, April 24, 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, April 25, 7 - 10 pm, Toronto Chicken Save Vigil, Maple Leaf "Foods" Inc., 100 Ethel Ave, Toronto
RSVP: event page

• Sunday, April 28, 10 am - 12 pm: Toronto Pig Save Monthly Sunday 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).
: 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:
Wollongong Climate Save. Find them on Facebook.

Innlandet Climate Save. Find them on Facebook.
CNN: The most effective way to tackle climate change? Plant 1 trillion trees
We do need to reforest the planet, but this doesn't paint a full picture. We must go vegan to free up land, reforest the Earth, remove carbon form the atmosphere and also reduce fossil fuel emissions.
Animal agriculture takes up nearly 80% of global agricultural land. It is also a major contributor of CO2 production. To save the planet and prevent climate chaos, we need diet change and system change now!
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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Lily the Mother Goat
Hi, I'm Lily the Mother Goat. Please follow/like my Instagram and Facebook pages.
What a lovely story from Meadowlarke Stables!
"A little flash back to just over 1 year ago when Luke and Beatrice joined the family. Beatrice was on the truck to the slaughter house - to be someone’s Easter dinner - when she gave birth to Luke right there on the truck."


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 Nagpur Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.
Please watch: Ahmedabad Animal Save held their first vigil at a chicken slaughter/butcher shop.
Watch: Israel Animal Save tirelessly document the horrors of live export. Their latest is this video, "The Disaster of the Live Shipments from Australia."
Save organizer Nour Tohme is touring Southeast Asia. She and local organizers are making a difference!
Singapore is Save's 71st country.
Welcome Singapore Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.
Vietnam is our 72nd country and joins in a big way! Please welcome Vietnam's three new groups:
Da Nang Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.
Hanoi Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.
Saigon Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.
Welcome Townsville Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.
Welcome Wollongong Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.

They're holding a chalk-tivism event on April 21: event page
The Save Groups of Melbourne held an Easter city rally in central Melbourne to raise awareness about the plight of farmed animals around this time of the year, when they are only seen as a festive meal. Lens of Compassion reports with this photo essay.
Whanganui Animal Save's small team continue to regularly bear witness. They report from their April 14 vigil: "It would be wonderful if more people could join in our 90 minute maximum vigils every Sunday. Bearing witness to the animals at the end of their lives can be sad and difficult - but it is also uplifting, compassionate work. Because of social media and the Internet, it is also effective outreach towards the end of animal slaughter for food."
Their efforts have again received new media coverage. The Whanganui Chronicle published this editorial calling for a serious examination of the way we treat other animals in the food system: Australian animal rights activists make pertinent points
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Watch:  Blovice Animal  Save held their first vigil on April 15. They report: "Some of us got up early in the morning to show the human face to those who have never had the chance to have a warm bed, care and love, to those who have not returned to their homes yesterday ... However, thanks to you, they will not be forgotten and maybe others who come after them will have a better destiny."
The vigil made it onto the local newspaper!
Welcome Copenhagen Bee Save, the first Save group with a focus on bees. Find them on Facebook.
Welcome Strasbourg Animal Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.
Welcome Bolzano Animal Save. Find them on Facebook.
Malta Animal Save report from their April 17 vigil: "Being so close to Easter, we were expecting to see lambs en route to slaughter. Instead, truck loads of pigs arrived. Beautiful, curious, innocent pigs. This truck was particularly crowded. The pigs couldn't even stand on all fours." Please watch.
Cluj-Napoca Animal Save held a vigil for the chickens on April 15. They report: "What would you do if today was the last day of your life? Would you try to be better? Some of us are condemned to a far too painful end because of the choices of others, treated like machines or objects and killed as if our lives would not mean anything. Be someone you would be proud of on the last day of your life. Be good."
Belgrade Animal Save gave love to these gentle cows on April 16. Please watch.
Celje Animal Save held a vigil for the cows on April 12 outside the Celjske Mesnine slaughter plant.
Essex Pig Save report from their vegfest table outreach on April 14: "Thanks to everyone that stopped by our stall today at Harlow Vegan Fair. We really enjoyed talking to you all and it was great to speak to so many of you that want to start getting involved in activism."
Sussex Animal Save held an Easter vigil on April 17 at Morley Farm. They report: "We bore witness to trucks full of sheep and lambs. There is a big demand for their flesh and body parts this time of year. These animals are scared and don’t want to die. Why is it that we celebrate Easter with so much suffering?"
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Valparaíso Animal Save bore witness outside the Quilpué slaughter plant on April 14. They report: "Three trucks arrived with piglets; the drivers and the guard, upon detecting our presence, took care to let each truck enter very quickly. Two minutes of compassion and love is a long time for the industry, but a lifetime of torture and mistreatment is normal."
Tunja Animal Save held their first vigil on March 31. They report: "We stood at the gates of the slaughterhouse waiting to give them the only touch of love that these animals received in their short and sad life. We sent them away from this horrible world that enslaved them to feed selfish beings."
Save Movement Costa Rica's vigils were featured in this video by online magazine El Ideario. Please watch.
Welcome Chihuahua Animal Save. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Their first vigil is set for late May as part of the Save Latino Tour Mexico 2019.
Please watch: Guadalajara Animal Save bear witness to cows on the transport truck outside the Zapopan municipal slaughter plant.
St. Louis Animal Save held a vegan canned food drive and chalktivism event on April 6 outside of the STAR Packing slaughter plant. The event was covered by Real Stl News. Please watch.

Modesto Animal Save held a Rodeo Protest on April 13 at the Oakdale Rodeo. Please watch.
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Veganuary is great for anyone to get started.

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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 seven 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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