One day this month, I’ll be holding vigil outside a pig slaughterhouse. I first learned of these community organized events by reading a thoughtfully composed Facts & Arguments article in The Globe and Mail.
The purpose of these vigils is to demonstrate one moment of human empathy and compassion to transport trucks full of pigs before they are killed for food. Many of these animals have been forced to live their entire lives in dark, cramped, dirty cell blocks, cruelly abused and neglected. Many of them die from stress on their way to slaughter.
This is how the majority of our meat is treated when they are alive.
The reason I am participating is because I want to increase the level of commitment to the suffering of animals, while documenting the experience to help raise awareness about their treatment.
There is more information about these vigils at Toronto Pig Save, where you can also learn how to participate and bear witness to the hardships of pigs, cows, chickens and other animals in transport and at slaughterhouses in Toronto and the GTA.
Their hope is to change enough people’s perspective to one day close all the slaughterhouses in Canada and help create a just and peaceful planet for every living creature. You can also visit their Facebook page.
This video below depicts, dehydrated, injured pigs waiting in a transport truck in the hot sun at 4 pm on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at Toronto’s Quality Meat Packers.
How can we continue to let this happen? What has happened to human compassion, and love? Is it more important to eat meat, than to show these animals the respect of life for which they are deserved?
Will you join me and help?