Sunday, May 4, 2014 (Toronto) - Today Toronto Pig Save (TPS) is holding a special vigil at Lake Shore and Strachan from 11 am to 1 pm. They will pay tribute to the neighbors in the community who went vegan because of the slaughterhouse in their midst, to the hundreds of activists with TPS who bore witness at weekly vigils for almost three years, to the Save Movement has helped spread worldwide, and, most significantly, to the millions of pigs who suffered unimaginably and died a horrific death at 2 Tecumseth at the hands of “Quality Meat Packers.”
The slaughterhouse is purportedly shutting down because the price of pigs went up from 160 to 280 due to the PED health crisis and the NIMBY (Not In My Backyard. TPS sees the closing of Quality Meat Packers as having to do with more than the “price” of pigs going up and the NIMBY effect. Oscar Wilde quipped in his novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray: “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” “What happened goes much deeper and has to do with the true value of pigs and the power of community organizing and people acting on their conscience.
More and more people are recognizing the rights of the individual pigs themselves and how they suffered in a neighborhood where many went vegan and activist after witnessing the pigs in the transport trucks or upon hearing the pigs scream as they were being unloaded. " Three years ago we formed a group called Toronto Pig Save to bear witness at weekly vigils of the innocent and terrified pigs en route to Quality Meat Packers,” says Anita Krajnc co-founder of TPS. Howard Zinn wrote The Peoples’ History of the United States, a runner-up to the National Book Award, to show how history happens through the actions and organizing activities of ordinary people and not just the decisions of elites in the political and economic establishment. Let's not ignore people who acted on their conscience in the neighborhood after seeing frightened and sad pigs in the transport trucks and the role of TPS in organizing the community locally and around the world. Toronto Pig Save has since helped sparked the formation of more than 20 groups in the Save Movement across Ontario, the U.S., Australia and soon Brazil,” says Krajnc.
Two years ago Caroline Wong, a fourth year Environmental Studies student at the University of Toronto, went to her first TPS vigil in front of Quality Meat Packers unloading area at 677 Wellington St. W. She went vegan at her first vigil after hearing the pigs' agonizing screams as they were being unloaded with electric prods. She says, “In the last four years Toronto Pig Save has been holding vigils bearing witness to the suffering of thousand of sentient beings going to slaughter. As the trucks arrive at Strachan and Lakeshore we are immediately faced with eyes of worry, fear and misery. We tell them that we are sorry and that we love them. Some of us even cry. Now that the plant is closed down what will this mean? Hopefully, this means that fewer animals will be needed in the future, thus less suffering in the world.”
Winston Churchill quipped, “Always remember, a cat looks down on man, a dog looks up to man, but a pig will look man right in the eye and see his equal.” Pigs are more than equals with their gentle nature, kind social interactions and empathy and ethics, which includes saving humans in distress—pigs have been known to save a boy drowning and call for help when their companion people have fallen.
TPS will ratchet up its weekly vigils at Toronto’s three remaining slaughterhouses: St. Helen’s Meat Packers and Ryding Regency Meat Packers cow slaughterhouses on Glen Scarlett Road and Maple Leaf Poultry chicken slaughterhouse on 100 Ethel St. in the northwest part of the city, known as the stockyards.
Toronto Pig Save is committed to holding a minimum of three weekly vigils every week of the year, until all animals are free.
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