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5 DAY VIGIL Against Construction of New MapleLeaf Slaughterhouse
August 25, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - August 30, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
We will be holding a five day vigil and hunger strike for the animals for the first time in Toronto.
This year our activists friends from Spain will be holding a similar 5 day vigil due to the opening of Europe’s biggest slaughterhouse in Binefar and we will also be standing in solidarity with them.
The vigil will start on Sunday, August 25 at 540 College St. We will hold a protest and memorial for the chickens and pigs Maple Leaf Foods has killed and proceed to march to the Maple Leaf “Poultry” slaughterhouse at 100 Ethel Avenue where we will be setting camp for the next 5 days. The Toronto slaughterhouse is closing in two years and Maple Leaf Foods is currently constructing a mega chicken slaughterhouse in London, Ontario.
1. We demand Maple Leaf Foods immediately stop construction of the chicken slaughterhouse in London, Ontario #StopMapleLeafViolence
2. We demand Maple Leaf transition to a 100% vegan, plant-based protein company.
Maple Leaf Foods owns plant based protein products LightLife and Field Roast. CEO Michael McCain cited climate youth activist Greta Thunberg at the 2019 shareholders meeting, “The house is on fire!” and urged attendees to watch her speech at the World Economic Summit at Davos. At a time when we face a climate emergency, it is unthinkable and beyond irresponsible to construct a new slaughterhouse. Rather all slaughterhouses need to shut down and food companies have to move towards a just, plant-based food system.
We will be bearing witness to the chickens and cows that are going to Maple Leaf Foods and St. Helen’s and Ryding-Regency slaughterhouses in the area during the entire week. Together with other groups of The Save Movement, we want to raise awareness about what happens in these places filled will violence and suffering, and, in addition stay there, where no one wants to go, to show the public the reality and to show the animals love, during some of the hardest moments of their short lives.
The organizers will be on site 24/7.
We invite vigil participants to fast for the entire week.
If you are not able to fast, we still need you! We need many activists present in order to draw the much needed public attention to these places. We also encourage you to invite non-vegan friends and family members so they can see the injustice these animals face.
We will have daily activities, trainings and workshops as well as outreach at the intersection of St. Clair and Keele. Schedule to be announce in coming weeks.
The Save Movement is a non-violent organization. Please . read our code of conduct before joining the vigil.
We hold peaceful vigils at slaughterhouses to bear witness to the millions of farmed animals whose lives are needlessly taken each day, and to bring public awareness to their plight. Bearing witness to the living animals that we consume has a profound effect on our choices and to our attitude towards these sentient beings who are mostly hidden from public view. To witness and to feel their suffering, to see them as the unique, individual lives that they are will strengthen our resolve to end this cruelty. We believe that ending violence and oppression must be done with love and kindness for all beings, regardless of sex, race or species.
RESPECT FOR ANIMALS:
• Stay Calm: Animals are very sensitive to our energy. Approach truck slowly, calmly and quietly so as not to frighten animals more than they are already.
• Noise: Animals are extremely sensitive to noise and are already under a great deal of stress. Consider not speaking at all or, if you must, speak in a soft and quiet tone.
• Flash: Avoid pointing your flash directly at the animals, as this will further stress the animals, only use it from the side. The organizers have a flash they will use to help you with your photography and videos.
• Touching: Exercise discretion when engaging with and touching the animals; don’t scare them.
• The organizers will be safety marshals and wear reflective vests, they are there to keep attendees safe near trucks.
• Approach truck once the organizers have finished speaking with the driver and when safety marshals signals that it’s safe. Truck drivers cannot see you.
• Stay on the ground, do not climb trucks. We cannot cause damage to any property as trucks or the slaughterhouse buildings, as this will result in a fine for the organizers.
• Bear witness on curb side of truck, not on traffic side.
• Don’t put arms in trucks. If truck moves or animals panic, you can be seriously injured.
INTERACTION WITH SLAUGHTERHOUSE WORKERS:
• Speak to drivers, employees, and police with respect, even if they do not. We are there to promote peace. We wish to maintain a good relationship with the workers, as this may benefit us in the long run and allow us to enter the premises or save animals.
• Resist temptation to react/respond to provoking from employees in a negative manner.
• Oppose violence with love and kindness. We are a movement wishing to spread compassion.
• Stay peaceful and positive. Avoid temptation to respond to negative comments with negative responses.
• In areas with traffic and by passers you can hold a sign at the road or leaflet, when not bearing witness. If you choose not to, please go to a designated break area so as not to detract from the seriousness of our message. Let’s make this short time speaking up for animals as effective as possible. They need us!
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