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Thousands of activists around the world are rescuing animals from slaughterhouses and farms to pay tribute to Regan Russell.
This hen was rescued by Orange County Animal Save from a transport truck during one of their weekly vigils.
After finding out about Regan's death, an activist from Portugal spent the whole night outside a slaughterhouse waiting for an act of compassion from the slaughterhouse owner.
"He didn't say many words. He smiled. He told me to wait a few minutes on the back of the slaughterhouse since he couldn't be seen giving me animals outside. Then he came with a box... and really quick Regan was free."
In the midst of all this sadness and grief, one of the mother pigs that was rescued by Animal Save Portugal gave birth to 7 beautiful and forever free piglets. One will be named Regan and another one Russel in her memory.
Violet was found in the middle of a major highway in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Besides one of her toes being broken, she was also malnourished and had some other superficial injuries.
She is now fully recovered and spending her days in Lancaster Farm Sanctuary, her forever home.
Olga was rescued by Montevideo Animal Save's activists after one of their weekly vigils.
She wasn’t killed when she arrived at the slaughterhouse because she was too young... that extra time allowed the workers to get to know her and built a relationship. After a vigil, activists talked to the employees about giving her a new, long and happy life. They finally agreed to spare her life and she's now living amazingly happy and free in a local sanctuary.
CDMX Animal Save rescued Madonna, a bunny that was being sold in an illegal live market that has been open in the city for years.
Animals that live in this awful conditions are usually sick and malnourished. She is in a really critical state but getting better day by day.
For over 2 years now, Kent Animal Defenders have been documenting a case of horrendous cruelty at a farm in Kent. Goodheart Animal Sanctuaries report on the sheep who were rescued from there and now live in sanctuary: "One positive outcome of Kent Animal Defenders' tireless work was that 8 sheep were given the chance of sanctuary instead of culling. This week the lucky 8 made the journey to Goodheart, although one ewe was sadly so weak that she did not make it. The remaining 3 rams and 4 ewes are now receiving round-the-clock care due to the appalling conditions they had been left in. One ewe has a burst udder and another cannot yet stand due to foot rot. All are very thin and weak and will need a great deal of veterinary care to pull through."
Farm Sanctuary: Joaquin Phoenix Rescues Mother Cow and Newborn Calf Day after Academy Awards Win
A day after winning the Academy Award for Best Actor—and subsequently making a headlining acceptance speech in which he spoke to the plight of mother cows and their babies used in animal agriculture—Joaquin Phoenix helped to liberate a cow and her newborn calf from a Los Angeles slaughterhouse and bring them to Farm Sanctuary. Thanks to the work of Los Angeles Animal Save, who secured their release, they will live out the rest of their lives in peace. Phoenix named the mother Liberty and her daughter Indigo.
Valencia Animal Save helped rescue Esperanza from certain death. She was badly injured as often chickens are when they arrive at the slaughter plant. She's a fighter and underwent surgery, from which she emerged a free and happy feathered friend. She will now live her life at Santuario Compasión Animal.
Montevideo Horse Save helped rescue Valiente, who was exploited for years but is now receiving the care he needs: "Valiente was used to load firewood. For years he was a worker with no more pay than a little water and food. When he was injured in one of his hind legs, his exploiter left him die without water and food as if he were a broken machine. Thanks to an anonymous call, Montevideo Horse save went to look for him. We went to see him and he is recovering, eating a lot and is able to keep standing. After weeks without food and water this is super positive and is due to people who are involved in saving lives. These photos are from the day we rescued him and took him to the University of Veterinary Medicine for treatment and recovery." In the video Valiente can be seen in sanctuary enjoying life.
CDMX Animal Save activists carried out an open rescue of this prawn, named Sebastián.
|Sadly, Sebastián did not survive the awful conditions and treatment he suffered in captivity. He passed days after being rescued, in a quiet, peaceful place, away from the fishing industry.|
Brooklyn-Queens Animal Save held a vigil to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 20. They remembered his words: “Never be afraid to do what’s right, specially if the well-being of a person or an animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
They were able to rescue a chicken! Martina will now live a life of peace.
After a chicken transport truck crashed in California, injuring or killing many chickens, Chino Cow Save rushed to the scene to try to rescue some of the chickens. They were told that the chickens were private property and therefore could not be taken, but they managed to rescue one hen.
David Animal Save rescued 7 hens! They report: "We went to one of the largest 'poultry' producers in Panama, called Avicola Atenas, in order to ask for the lives of 5 hens, so we could give these animals a safe life with respect and love, and a place to live out their natural lives in peace." On December 24 they released 7 hens to them: "Initially we were promised 6 hens but today the farm store manager told me he was impressed and inspired by what the Animal Save Movement / Liberacion Animal Panama do and that he found it such a beautiful form of activism that we came and asked for these hens. And you won’t believe what he did: he personally gave us another hen, for whose freedom he paid out of his own pocket. So now we are driving 7 hens to their freedom!"
These babies are Sammy & David. New Haven Animal Save helped get them to sanctuary. They report: "Thank you so much Jasona Bolalek, Adam Chambers & Here With Us Farm Sanctuary for rescuing these little ones. Left to the dairy industry, these baby boys would have been killed, as they have no use within the industry. Do you think these guys deserve to die, for the crime of just being born? If not, go vegan. They will be fostered for a while, before embarking on their journey to their forever home in a couple of weeks!"
The Animal Save Argentina Tour rescued a piglet! They report: "We are very happy to introduce Juani, a pig we were able to rescue during an activity with a Save group in Argentina. Juani will live the rest of his life in freedom, as all animals deserve."
Torun Animal Save helped save about 1,000 hens! They report: "We got in touch with the owners of a laying hens factory farm. After the talk about their care, we asked them what is happening to them when they produce fewer eggs. As we knew already they confirmed that they send them to the slaughterhouse.
This baby was rescued during a stop of the Animal Save Tour in India: "Her name is Darshana. She was rescued from a meat seller thanks to Pune Animal Save organizer Darshana Muzumdar after a heated and emotional negotiation. Darshana will live a peaceful and happy life at a sanctuary, with beautiful surroundings and a loving family."
Animal Rights Activists Rescue 211 Chickens From Slaughter
2019 Kaporos in NYC included more open rescue than ever! Watch as Slaughter Free NYC organizers Jill Carnegie and Mish Poli work with multiple sanctuaries to rescue over 200 lives in the light of day. Sanctuaries on the ground included Tamerlaine Sanctuary & Preserve, VINE Sanctuary and Goats of Anarchy. The mass rescue was organized by Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos and Long Island Orchestrating for Nature - LION, with support from Animal Save Movement. Thanks Their Turn for the video.
During the Animal Liberation Toronto Conference 2019, activists shut down Maple Leaf "Foods" with a slaughterhouse lockdown. They also rescued at least 4 chickens by cutting the cages open inside the slaughterhouse.
Kerala Animal Save report about the chicken they rescued: "This is Pamela. She was rescued from going to slaughter. One day she stopped laying eggs and she became useless to the house members. They decided to sell her to the neighbourhood slaughterhouse. We went to that home and convinced them to send her with us instead. She is currently enjoying her life of freedom with us at Ahimsa Vegan Sanctuary. She found a new companion in Diana."
It's not a rescue with special effects, burglaries and night escapes in the fields... But every now and then, a conscious rescue can give a nice message. Our Roma Animal Save activist is known in that place, and every now and then he goes to recover some animal in poor health, and the owners let him take away almost always sick or injured animals. The chicken's name is Apollo.
Adelaide Animal Save activists rescued 140 hens from an egg farm: After asking for and taking 8 hens surrendered by the farm, the activists went back for more:
"We left with the chickens, excited that 8 lives had been saved but feeling guilty. We decided to get help and go together and ask the owner if we could rescue more. The owner agreed and in two cars we managed to fit around 140 hens."
First rescue by Save Movement Cancún and Animal Save Movement in Mexico. Thank you all for your support and Tierra de Animales sanctuary for providing a home for Jony and Angel and all of the other beautiful beings who live with them.
Tampa Animal Save rescued two chickens at their first vigil: "We had a wife of a slaughterhouse worker tell us how her husband feels so much remorse and that she will help us get more info on the slaughterhouse."