Media Coverage


Our short video: “Water for pig angel victims in Toronto’s heat wave” was featured on US network news on the Jane Velez-Mitchell show. Jane Velez-Mitchell poignantly says, “look… look at these images Those are pigs now on the way to slaughter and a group — there`s a group actually in Toronto called the Toronto Pig [Save] that runs up with water to the trucks carrying pigs to slaughter and gives them water because there was over 110 degrees and they were in this sweltering, sweltering truck.”

John Bonnar interviews Anita Krajnc, co-founder of Toronto Pig Save: New Banksy installation illustrates horrors of factory farming, slaughterhouses,, November 2, 2013

Free From Harm: “Meet Your Bacon: Footage of Pigs In Transport Truck Goes Viral” (July 24, 2013)
“Footage of the pigs frantically scrambling for water, and of heart-broken volunteers telling the pigs, “I’m sorry,” has pushed the video into the viral mainstream.” -Ashley Capps, Free From Harm

Our Hen House: “A sip of water for pigs heading to slaughter” (July 30, 2013)
“Toronto Pig Save forces people to see these animals as the individuals they are. Like us humans, they need food and water. Like us humans, they feel pain. And like us humans, when their dignity is stripped away from them, and they are relegated to a mere commodity, their only hope is in others who are brave enough to bear witness, savvy enough to get the word out far and wide, and alive enough to actively advocate for a new world that is free of animal suffering. SHARE THIS VIDEO! “– Jasmin Singer, Our Hen House

Christian Cotroneo, “Pigs In Toronto Heat Get Water En Route To Slaughterhouse (VIDEO)”  The Huffington Post (July 29, 2013)
“Volunteer Karen Bowman described the experience as ‘incredibly overwhelming.
It’s impossible to relay the suffering I witnessed that day. I just can’t. I don’t know how to.’
She was grateful, however, that the plight of the doomed pigs was captured on video.
‘This video is important because it shows, without question, the suffering of living beings that are the meat and dairy industry,’ she explained. ‘How can one watch this video and ignore the connection between a life and a meal?’ “

ecorazzi: “WATCH: Activists Bring Coolness, Love to Slaughter-bound Pigs” (Amanda Just | July 22, 2013)

VegNews: “Animal Activists Help Hydrate Factory Farm Pigs” (Tommy Dean | July 23, 2013)

Albert Schweitzer: “Hitzewellen und Tiertransporte”  (August 3, 2013)

Jenn Sorrell, “People To Know: Anita from Toronto Pig Save”, The Vegan Sprout, April 30, 2013

Victoria Niederhoffer, ““An Interview with Anita Krajnc: 10 Questions For the Founder of Toronto Pig Save”,” My Non Leather Life, April 10, 2013

pig hanging - Ontario abattoir


The work of Jo-Anne McArthur / is featured in the January 2013 issue of Alternatives Journal. Click here to read more and see her heart wrenching photos for Toronto Pig Save. Also, see interview with Jo-Anne McArthur in “The Witness“ in the Laika Magazine, January 30, 2013 and Jo’s photo essay “We Animals: One Photographer’s Compassion in Action,” in Photo Life magazine, March 31, 2013

Barbi Lazarus, “Why I hold vigils for pigs and cows being led to slaughter”, The Globe and Mail, March 12, 2103

hand on pig truck

When I tell people I spent my morning attending a vigil for pigs or cows entering a slaughterhouse, the reaction is usually: “Isn’t that depressing?” or, “I could never bring myself to do that. It’s too sad.”

Noëlle Vieau, “Toronto Pig Save Creates Glass Walls In Local Pig Slaughterhouses”, An1mal, March 11, 2013

An1mal - pig in truck


Sparking grassroots movement to end farm animals’ misery: Anita Krajnc,” Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Food Animals (CETFA), CETFA blog, October 14, 2012

Thomas Walkom, “Walkom: Slaughtering pigs a never-ending horror,” Toronto Star, July 25, 2012

Catherine Porter, “Toronto Pig Save activists protest slaughter weekly at Quality Meat Packers abattoir,” Toronto Star, May 9, 2012.

A look inside one of the many tractor trailers carrying pigs to the Quality Meat Packers, from the traffic island at Strachan Ave. and Lake Shore Blvd., on Wednesday. The trucks line up at the island to turn left to the abattoir. Photos: Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star

Julie O’Neill’s Photography for a Compassionate World profiles Toronto Pig Save in “Heroes in Hogtown”.

Toronto Pig Save heart

“Bearing Witness” — a guest blog by Anita Krajnc, Co-Founder of Toronto Pig Save,  Jo-Anne McArthur’s We Animals project, May 1, 2012

Now Magazine is one of the first major media organizations, besides, to publish a photo depicting the pigs suffering inside transport trucks heading to Quality Meat Packers. Thank you Now!

Now magazine coverage

The Grid,  January 25, 2012


Terry Davidson, “A fate both cruel and cold”, Toronto Sun, Monday, January 16, 2012

a fate both cruel and cold

Terry Davidson, “Activists protest pig slaughter”, Toronto Sun, Sunday, January 15, 2012


Marc Bekoff (University of Colorado), author of The Emotional Lives of Animals, “Babe, Lettuce, and Tomato: Dead Pig Walking“, Psychology Today, October 2011

looking into Quality Meat Packers

The Toronto Pig Save is a collective of artists, activists and writers based right here in Toronto; the group’s almost weekly protests bear witness to the suffering of pigs en route to Toronto’s biggest slaughterhouse, Quality Meat Packers. ”Bearing Witness with the Toronto Pig Save,” Animal VoicesClick here to download an MP3 of the show, November 15, 2011

hands and tails show

Doris Leung’s fantastic, fast paced and informative one-hour segment on “Pigs and Toronto Pigs Save”, along with some poignant animal rights music, on “Hands and Tails: arts, animals and everything else” on CFRU 93.3 FM.

Freedom of Species – animal advocacy on the airwaves with Kate Elliott (Australia) 855 AM podcasts available via 3CR website. Toronto Pig Save is an animal rights, pro worker group that holds weekly vigils on ‘Pig Island” to bear witness to the pigs in transport trucks on their way to Quality Meat Packers slaughterhouse in downtown Toronto. Find out about the power of bearing witness and how this group is committed to “giving slaughterhouses glass walls.”

Dennis Smith, Pork plant targeted by protesters, Burlington Post, Oct 12, 2011

Courtney Greenberg, “Pigs suffer from the heat too, group seeks to remind people,” The National Post, Jul 212011

Toronto Pig Save releases undercover footage of ‘kill floor’ at Quality Meat Packers“,, July 26, 2011

Letters to the Editor, NOW | January 20-27, 2011 | VOL 30 NO 21 “Pig’s not the thing”

Now is a forward-thinking magazine giving voice to the under-represented and marginalized, which is why I was disappointed to see a feature celebrating pork in the last issue (NOW, January 13-19). Social justice for animals means not butchering their bodies for the sake of a few moments of gastronomic pleasure. Sure, most people eat meat, even those who consider themselves progressive, but many of your readers may not know that most breeding sows are kept severely confined for the duration of their lives in crates where they can hardly move. Their offspring reared for meat have miserable lives in barren, crowded pens, breathing in toxic fumes from being forced to live above their own excrement. One only needs to walk by Quality Meat Packers at Niagara and Tecumseth to hear the pigs’ screams. How about NOW Mag promoting veganism as the future?

Lynn Kavanagh, Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals, Toronto