Activists from Toronto Pig Save and The Save Movement attended the 4th annual DxE Forum in Berkeley, California. It was an incredible 7 days filled with non-violence training, workshops, marches, direct action, disruptions, open rescues and a vigil for the chickens.
DxE activists entered a live market in downtown San Francisco and liberated 6 chickens. CBS TV covered it. Please watch:
DxE founder Wayne Hsiung was arrested and charged with trespassing because he refused to leave the market until all the animals were released.
Anita Krajnc reports:
“The DxE Forum was phenomenal on so many levels from the nonviolence training to the breakout workshops on media releases, recruiting and retaining members, and starting new groups, and dozens of small group disruptions, the huge, long marches and the open rescue of six chickens yesterday! Unlike any conference, there were direct actions each day so we put into practice what we learned. DxE organizers kindly offered to hold a joint DxE/Save Forum next year. We encourage everyone to attend the grassroots organizing Forum. We also met organizers at the DxE Forum who are starting Save groups: Lucas Freitas and Alicia Santurio have started the Bay Area Animal Save in the San Francisco area; Kowshik Sundararajan is looking to start Save groups in India; and Yvonne Neumann and Sara Weldon are starting a Low Country Animal Save in South Carolina.”
Please watch Anita’s keynote speech at the DxE Forum on the duty to bear witness:
DxE and Save activists held a vigil outside Petaluma slaughter plant on May 28. Photos by Michael Goldberg
Watch video from the vigil:
Another exciting development out of the Forum: please welcome Bay Area Animal Save and see details in the United States section below.
On May 27, Windsor-Detroit Farm Animal Save held their first Detroit vigil for the cows, calves, and lambs slaughtered at Wolverine Packing Co., a plant located in an industrial park by Detroit’s Eastern Market that includes Wolverine Furs and several other ‘meat’ packing plants. They report:
“Amazing turnout for first vigil in Detroit at Wolverine Packing. It’s a beautiful day and we’re changing hearts and minds. A little girl told her mom she doesn’t want to eat meat anymore and another lady said if she’d seen our signs she wouldn’t have gone to the meat market! We had a wonderful police officer watch over us and request a vegan pamphlet. Thanks to the S.M.A.R.T – Southeastern Michigan Animal Rights Team for attending and promoting this event. We had many conversations, did outreach and changed the hearts of so many! Stay tuned for details of upcoming events. Thanks again to everyone for attending and for your enthusiasm and passion!”
On May 24 Manitoba Animal Save bore witness to animal abuse at the Flying J truckstop in Headingley, west of Winnipeg. They report:
“These poor babies were crammed together, hot, and tired. Their eyes say what they can’t: they are so afraid and sad. Thank you to the brave activists who came out to bear witness today!”
Melbourne Chicken Save held a city outreach rally. They report:
“About 50 activists attended our city outreach rally on May 27, standing and speaking out for chickens. We gave out 1,000 “Meet Australia’s Chickens” flyers, outlining the horrors of the meat and eggs industries here in Australia. We also had Pam Ahern from Edgar’s Mission Farm Animal Sanctuary came along to talk about chickens in general and why school hatching projects are bad for chickens and children.”
Robyn Cochrane took these photos and wrote:
“There is no such thing as a cruelty-free egg or cruelty-free chicken – free range chickens, backyard eggs, RSPCA approved: all involve the abuse of chickens in some form.”
The Save Movement Hello, Europe! Tour is starting this weekend.
From their Mother’s Day vigil on May 26, Skåne Pig Save ask:
“Please see this moving and thought-provoking video by Mette Holböll, who participated in the vigil outside the Scan slaughterhouse in Kristiansand.”
Welcome, York Animal Save and Darlington And Teesside Animal Save.
York Animal Save bears witness to pigs, chickens, sheep and cows going to slaughter using a love-based community approach. Their first vigil is in the planning stages. Find them on Facebook.
Find Darlington And Teesside Animal Save on Facebook. Their first vigil is coming up on June 16: event page.
From their May 26 vigil for the cows, Sheffield Animal Save report:
“This terrified, crying cow is one of those that will be slaughtered at Woolley Brothers today. These animals want to live, they feel pain and fear just like you and I. Please be vegan and help stop this.”
Welcome, Bay Area Animal Save. They will bear witness to the suffering and murder of fishes, chickens, pigs, cows, and other victims of human supremacy.
Their first vigil is taking place June 4 at Petaluma Poultry chicken slaughter plant. RSVP:event page.
Nashville Animal Save shared good news recently: local newspaper Times-Gazette included a note about their vigils:
“People are paying attention! Come join us at a vigil to bear witness to the chickens being transported to slaughter!”
Portland Animal Save held a Vigil for Cows on May 26. Please watch video of cows in truck:
“Betrayed. They must have been so confused. And then moments later, frightened as they entered the slaughterhouse. They will never again feel kindness, friendship, love, sunlight…. only pain, and sadness, and death. Darkness.”
Dallas Animal Save held their first vigil, an All Day Vigil at Frontier “Meats” slaughter plant in Fort Worth. They report:
“Thank you to everyone who came today! It was such a huge success and definitely a life-changing experience for us. At the end of the day, the animals are gone and all that’s left is an empty trailer. Blood, feces and scratch marks cover the walls and floor. Tomorrow, the cycle repeats itself over and over and over again. When will it end? When will be stop the slaughter?”
“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 six years, The Save Movement has grown to over 300 Save groups 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 (iVegan.ca) 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.