In "Pig Save: Bearing Witness", a 9 minute short, Toronto Pig Save activists bear witness each week of the pigs in transport trucks and in the slaughterhouse at Quality Meat Packers in downtown Toronto. The regular Toronto vigils are part of a growing Pig Save movement including weekly vigils in Burlington organized by Hamilton/Burlington Pig Save and the rise of Melbourne Pig Save and their regular protests to highlight their ban sow stalls campaign. Photographer Jo-Anne McArthur of WeAnimals.org goes on a road trip to visit the recently rescued Julia and her piglets at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen in upstate New York.
Understanding the significance of bearing witness:
“When the suffering of another creature causes you to feel pain, do not submit to the initial desire to flee from the suffering one, but on the contrary, come closer, as close as you can to her who suffers, and try to help her.”
-Leo Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom
"Yes, it is a hard thing to witness. It will stay with you forever. Keep in mind that every action has a reaction. This experience will enable you to speak (with credibility) for these departed souls. They did not die in vain. You are now part of their life and they are part of your life. Because you were there for them they now have a voice through you."
-Ric O'Barry, former "Flipper" dolphin trainer turned dolphin rescuer featured in Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove
"Help me, she says, are you here to help me? I cannot help you, he says. We are both helpless. I would free you if I could. But my kind will never be free, she says. Don't give up hope, he says. We will fight for you, we are here for you, we must make people understand. Bless the witness bearers, for they will help bring about change."
-posting by Sherry of Ruby Ranch Pig Sanctuary
Please consider starting a Pig Save-like group at the slaughterhouse in your community:
Film by Anita Krajnc and Humberto da Silva with lots of kind assistance and sound advice from a wonderful team: Caitlin Black, Sue Coe, Kate Elliott (co-host of Freedom of Species radio program in Melbourne), Paul Figueiras, Sylvia Fraser, Nick Hector, Louise Jorgensen, Susan Krajnc, Brenda LaFleshe and Coleen and everyone at Hamilton Burlington Pig Save, Gurleen Gill Levitt, Kirk Lilwall, Paul Mahony & everyone at Melbourne Pig Save, Liz Marshall, Jo-Anne McArthur, Patrick Murphy, Joanne O'Keefe & doggie Declan, Julie O'Neill, Karol Orzechowski, Kate Steen, Sunny Yi and the Documentary Film-Making Institute at Seneca, and many others.
The "Pig Save: Bearing Witness" project is made possible by funding from Culture & Animals Foundation, an organization dedicated to advancing animal advocacy through intellectual & artistic expression. Learn more at cultureandanimals.org
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