Toronto Pig Save started in December 2010 as an animal rights, vegan, grassroots group with the adoption Mr. Bean, a dog. On our morning walks with Mr. Bean on Lake Shore we’d see several transport trucks carrying sad and frightened pigs to a nearby downtown slaughterhouse called Quality Meat Packers (QMP). In July 2011, we committed to holding a minimum of three vigils each week to bear witness to farmed animals transported to Toronto area slaughterhouses. QMP has since gone bankrupt in 2014. We now hold weekly Pig Save vigils at Fearmans “Pork” Inc. slaughterhouse in Burlington.
Toronto Pig Save uses the strategy of bearing witness to animals in need outside slaughterhouses. We use a love-based community-organizing approach informed by Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi. We develop expanding team leadership in order to build an animal justice grassroots movement. Our demands are to replace animal agriculture, fields used for feed crops and slaughterhouses with wild spaces, forests and animal sanctuaries.
Toronto Pig Save has grown to a global Animals Save Movement with about 900 Save groups worldwide. For a list of Save groups and social media, visit our website: AnimalSaveMovement.org.
-Anita Krajnc, co-founder and co-organizer