Sept 9, 2013,TORONTO: Quality Meat Packers workers will start their bloodily and unkind routine facing the opposition of the selfless animal advocates of Toronto Pig Save. This is not the first vigil done by the group directed by Anita Krajnc, but it will be the first vigil bringing together two big names in animal advocacy: Kathy Stevens and Jo-Ann McArthur.
Toronto Pig Save, a grassroots activist group, will bear witness to what 6,000 pigs have to endure before meeting their death in the slaughterhouse . The group will be stationed at the traffic island at Lakeshore and Strachan also known as Pig Island at 7:00am. Activists will be armed with posters, literature, and disarming smiles, eager to encourage passersby to consider the plight of the pigs.
Stevens and McArthur bring in to this vigil not only their knowledge but also their media recognized names in order to draw attention to the suffering not only of pigs, but of all animals raised in confinement, brutally transported, and slaughtered for human consumption.
Kathy Stevens is the founder of Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Her sanctuary is one of America’s leading heavens for farmed animals. She is also author of the critically and commercially acclaimed book Animal Camp: Reflections on a Decade of Love, Hope, and Veganism at Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Stevens will be doing more than bearing witness, she is also donating 200 copies of her book and will be handing them out to passersby in hopes of opening hearts and minds to a compassionate lifestyle.
“People who drive by the transport trucks en route to Quality Meat Packers on the way to work have spoken with Toronto Pig Save about the animals. My book brings those same animals to life, so I’m hoping that together, we’ll open some hearts. We’re at a critical time in our history when it’s imperative for human beings to embrace a plant-based diet, so lots of good folks are using their unique gifts to bring that vision to reality. I’m just one of them.”- Kathy Stevens.
Jo-Ann McArthur, celebrated animal photographer, will be capturing the vigil, in order to bring the images of compassion in action to the whole world. She is the author of We Animals, and subject of the award winning documentary filmed by Liz Marshall: The Ghosts In Our Machine. McArthur was recently in the United States taking pictures of the more than 1,000 freed chickens and in Canada taking pictures of the rescue of 90 dogs from a breeding facility in Montreal,Quebec.
"We’re not there to anger or antagonize anyone, we’re there to open people’s eyes about the pig slaughterhouse in the neighbourhood, where 6000 pigs a day are killed. We’re there for the pigs and we’re there to show an alternative to treating animals this way" Jo-Ann McArthur (laikamagazine.com)
Video footage of one of the vigils of Toronto Pig Save was recently presented by the award winning television journalist and bestselling author Jane Velez-Mitchell on her own show on HLN.
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