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DxE Toronto Earthlings Experience in Kensington

September 25, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DxE Toronto heads back to Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market to do the #EarthlingsExperience (aka TRUTH Squad) with a twist.

Activists wearing white faceless masks stand in a double line (back to back) or circle formation (TBD when on-site) while holding either a sign inviting passersby to bear witness or a tablet (or laptop) showing a portion of the video ‘Earthlings’.

The ‘twist’ – Additionally, we will have one or two tablets with a 30 second video of the slaughter of pigs by commercial gas chamber (as used at Fearmans in Burlington). An ‘interviewer’ will ask folks willing to be filmed:

1) Do you eat pork, bacon or ham?
2) Would it reassure you to hear that Canadian pork comes from pigs killed by what the pork industry calls the “most humane” method?
3) Would you be willing to see what that looks like for the next 30 seconds?
4) Is there anything you’d like to say to the pork industry right now? (OR “What’s your first impression?”)
5) Now that you know, what are you going to do next? (OR “How might this change what you buy next time you go grocery shopping?”)

Earthlings video – Link to Food segment: https://www.dropbox.com/s/cp3boco2ue0d8kw/Earthlings%20%28Food%29%2028%20min.mp4?dl=0

30 second pig slaughter video: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1455mfn8797eeo8/30%20second%20gas%20slaughter%20of%20pigs.mp4?dl=0

DxE’s organizers around the world build empowered networks for animal liberation. Based on the most innovative scholarship on social change and the recent successes of the animal rights movement in countries around the world, DxE’s model focuses on building the kindling for a true social movement to be set ablaze. We do this by: (1) supporting activists locally in speaking strongly for animals under our organizing principles – http://directactioneverywhere.com/organizing-principles/; and (2) connecting those activists with others worldwide to create empowered networks for change.

Animal rights activists in over 150 cities and 30 countries have united under the banner “It’s not Food. It’s Violence” since our campaign started in October 2013.

But we need your help to keep up the momentum. Join us at this event as we demand an end to atrocities against innocent animals.

SAFER SPACE POLICY – Full details here https://www.facebook.com/DXEToronto/notes

DxE has a Safer Space Policy to facilitate an immediate response to any oppressive actions by attendees of our official events. Oppressive actions include: Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, size, class, ability, reproductive choice, sexuality, and gender identity; and, promoting disrespect or violence towards nonhuman animals. We strive to create a community that is safe and welcoming, and which prioritizes the needs of people who are typically marginalized by society.

All DxE Toronto events will be drug-and-alcohol-free due to safety concerns.

DxE events are social media intensive. Photos and videos are regularly taken at actions, open meetings, and other activities. If you do not consent to appear in photos and videos, please let our media personnel know at the beginning of events. We will also remind attendants of this policy at each event.

As settler animal rights/liberation activists uninvited to the traditional, ancestral, unceded and occupied territories of the First Nations and peoples, we acknowledge that we are unable to do animal advocacy work without using the resources from this land, and are often complicit in colonial systems that perpetuate violence against Indigenous Peoples. We must continue to learn and take responsibilities to help decolonize.


September 25, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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DxE Toronto