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Toronto Chicken Save Vigil XXIII
September 16 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Chickens are one of the most abused animals on the planet. Toronto Chicken Save holds regular vigils for the chickens to bear witness to, to speak up for, and to bring awareness to the thousands of lives who are needlessly and violently stolen daily at this Toronto slaughterhouse. Please join us.
Two trucks are scheduled to arrive together within the timeframe of this vigil. The manager or security guard on duty normally will voluntarily allow us to spend five minutes with each truck. They have asked that we bear witness from the side of the truck that is along the grass, not the side of the street for safety reasons, and would appreciate if we wore safety vests. Please be respectful of these requests, as they do not have to let us spend time with the chickens.
Join us! Bring a friend. Be their voice. Be the change you want to see in the world.
Please park in south end of the parking lot of Metro grocery store (directly behind the store), closest to Ethel Avenue and Maple Leaf Food Inc.
To reduce the spread of COVID we recommend that attendees do their best to follow Toronto safety measures.
🚔 Bill 156
A section of Bill 156 has taken effect prohibiting us to interfere or stop trucks. We do not forcefully stop trucks at these vigils, however Maple Leaf managers have agreed to voluntarily let us spend five full minutes with each truck. With a peaceful presence, we hope they will continue to do so. Please come with peace to change the violent, dark energy of this area of Toronto.
We attend rain or shine, as the chickens arrive rain or shine. However, if there is a forecast for thunderstorms we may cancel the event for our own safety. Please click “Going” to be notified of any cancellation.
The purpose of Toronto Chicken Save vigils is to bear witness, to see the reality, to connect, to document, then to share with others. To bring peace to a violent space. Disruptions should take place at a different time.
🚛 Truck Drivers
Though we know what they do for a living is wrong, we remain respectful to the drivers for giving us this time to expose to the world the reality of farmed animals. We are not there to attack individuals, but a whole system.
✌ Slaughterhouse Workers
Offer a wave or peace sign instead of responding negatively if a worker engages with you. Break the cycle of violence.
🐔 Stress for animals
The chickens we bear witness to are very young and scared. Most have not had positive human interactions in their short lives and may see us as danger. Let’s not cause any added stress to these beings than they already have. Artificial light, like a camera flash, has a big impact on birds. Never use a flash at night. If you do, it may startle the bird and cause injury. When it’s dark out, instead of using a flash, please select a higher ISO speed. Be careful if using a flashlight to not shine them directly in the chickens’ eyes.
🦺 Your safety
Ethel Avenue is extremely dark in the evening/night and at times busy with transport trucks and other large vehicles. Please dress visibly, dress according to the weather, and carry a light source with you. When bearing witness, we are often not actively paying attention to our surroundings and tragedy could happen. Please only bear witness from the side of the truck that is along the grass, not the side of the street. Safety vests will be provided.
🙋♂️Keep arms and hands out of the truck:
Avoid the temptation to reach inside for the following reasons:
The truck may suddenly move, trapping/taking you with it.
Fear. Many of these beings have not known kind human hands in the past so human hand/arm may cause them stress.
Moving away from the truck:
Everyone will be notified when five minutes is up. At that time we must (very, very sadly) move away from the truck, for your safety. Not giving them the safe space may, sadly, end our ability to bear witness. Until we create a mass movement to free our friends, this is what we must do to help them.
Thank you for your understanding and for coming to bear witness and to be their voice. Please bring a friend. They desperately need you there.