The Save Movement Around the World – 08/5/17

 

CANADA
Charges Dismissed: Compassion Is NOT a Crime

Toronto Pig Save co-founder Anita Krajnc was acquitted of criminal mischief Thursday, May 4, after being charged for giving water to a pig in a truck on the way to a slaughter plant.

Child actress Mckenna Grace (“Gifted,” “Designated Survivor”) joined us at an early morning vigil at Fearmans slaughter plant.

Please watch video from the vigil:

Thanks to the efforts of defense lawyers Gary Grill and James Silver, the #PigTrial has increased awareness of farmed animals’ suffering and their right to be seen as persons. The judge’s verdict was disappointing regarding the issue of personhood for animals. In the media scrum following the end of the trial, Anita pointed out we need to go further: “The law needs to recognize pigs and all animals as persons, not property.”

Please watch Jane Velez-Mitchell‘s live video:

 

This is some of the extensive press coverage the verdict received:

Now Toronto: Are pigs people, too?

The Guardian: Judge dismisses case of woman who gave water to pigs headed to slaughter
The Washington Post: Activist who gave water to pigs is found not guilty of a crime
The Globe and Mail: Judge acquits woman who gave water to pigs
A Global News interview with Anita Krajnc on their Morning Show.

A heartfelt thank you to the amazing community support throughout the two-year #PigTrial and to all those who came from far and wide. We fought and won this case together. We have so much more to do and we look forward to working together on a “person, not property” public education and legal campaign.

 

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Welcome, Milton Chicken Save. They bear witness to animals sent to slaughter using a love-based, community organizing approach. Find them on Facebook.

Organizers from St. John’s Farm Animal Save took advantage of the nice weather on May 6. They report:
“Chalk activism works — a lot of people reading the message of love and compassion for all animals and also asking questions/taking photos.”

 

10-day Canada Save Movement Tour Happening Now
Save Movement organizer Amber Gionet writes:
“Starting on Thursday, May 4, after the #PigTrial verdict, Abby McCuaig and I will begin a 10-day cross-Canada Save Movement Tour. We will be joining activists at various slaughterhouses across the country to bear witness, to spread awareness, and to promote veganism. The Save Movement is growing in Canada, as well as worldwide, so we are excited to connect with members from different areas & hopefully inspire others to join. We will be documenting the whole experience and would love your support!” 

 

Save Movement organizer Abby McCuaig reports from St. John’s, NL:
“The first stop of the #SaveTourCanada is complete! Of course, Amber and I had to get a photo with the amazing vegan billboard in downtown St Johns! Thanks to all the amazing activists of St. John’s Farm Animal Save for hosting us and for their ongoing determination to spread compassion!”

 

 

AUSTRALIA

Photos by Bree Gaudette

Melbourne Chicken Save had a vigil at La Ionica slaughter plant on May 4 for International Respect for Chickens Day and in solidarity with the #PigTrial. Over 40 activists attended. Once again EvoLens came along to do projection and a light brigade.

Activist Dillon Watkin took this heartbreaking video of a baby chicken and reported:
“I witnessed this little chick taking what looked like her last breaths. Her life from day 1 was a living hell; she suffered every single day. I’d be surprised if she even made it into the slaughterhouse. She never got the chance to experience a life free of oppression, she didn’t get to experience the warmth of the sun or fresh air, she was never comforted, never felt any love or compassion and we couldn’t even give that to her in the truck because she was already too far gone.”

 

 

On May 6 Melbourne Cow Save held a Mother’s Day Rally at the popular Melboure Bourke Street Mall, with about 80 people attending. Here’s a video of some of the day. They wrote: “Thank you so much everyone. We opened up a lot of people’s hearts today.”

UNITED KINGDOM
Essex Pig Save held a #PigTrial Solidarity All-day Vigil at Cheale Meats (Brentwood) on May 4. They report:
“Bearing witness at our solidarity vigil last week to the hundreds of pigs that died that day to satisfy the demand of those addicted to the taste of flesh. If you can live your life happy and healthy without harming others, why wouldn’t you? Reject the violence on your plate. Be kind to all animals, be vegan.”From their Joint Vigil in solidarity with the #PigTrial, Guildford Animal Save andEast London Chicken Save ask:
“As an animal eater, do you believe that animals are happy to die for your dinner? Watch this and decide for yourself.”

 

Save Movement Scotland reports from their May 4 vigil in solidarity with the #PigTrial:
“Save Movement Scotland stood with Anita Krajnc. #CompassionWins – giving water to thirsty pigs is an act of compassion, and since when did compassion become a crime? What’s happening in society when that’s our reality? Compassion is not a crime!”

UNITED STATES
Cleveland Farmed Animal Save reports from their May 4 Solidarity Vigil with the #PigTrial at Case Farms:
“The metal covers ‘protecting’ the birds from the elements have been taken off, allowing us to truly see the horrific conditions of these animals. If you eat chicken, this is what you are supporting.”
At their #PigTrial Solidarity Vigil on May 4, Portland Animal Save bore witness to cows about to be killed. Please watch this moving video report:

North Carolina Farmed Animal Save shared this report and images by Cayla Nichols, an activist who attended their May 4 Pig & Chicken Vigil: Tar Heel, held in solidarity with the #PigTrial:
“Every time I come here, I truly cannot fathom that this is real. That this really happens. That all these loving and curious babies are all gone now. They experienced nothing but cruelty their whole lives, and now those lives were taken away. It hurts so bad knowing all these souls are gone; knowing that I made connections with them; and knowing that they will be in stores soon as a packaged product. I will always remember these sweet babies even if the world chooses to ignore them.”

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