TORONTO COW SAVE

Toronto Cow Save is a sister organisation to Toronto Pig Save.

Toronto Cow Save’s mission is to erect glass walls at Toronto area slaughterhouses in order to encourage people to choose vegan, protect the environment, and support farm sanctuaries. We are working for a just transition for workers as we adjust our food economy to a local, organic, and plant-based diet.

There are two large cow slaughterhouses in Toronto: “St. Helen’s Meat Packers” and Ryding-Regency slaughterhouses, killing about a thousand cows and calves daily. We focus on bearing witness at these massive slaughterhouses, while educating people about compassion for ALL animals, and promoting veganism.

A video created by dedicated activist, Hannah Gregus of some of the beautiful souls she met during our summer vigils. 

They are all angels now.

Please choose veganism today and help put an end to such needless tragedy.

Learn about Toronto Cow Save and join our vigils.

missmagrathea:

and people say cows are just ‘stupid animals.’
cows are amazing, loving, & intelligent creatures & it disgust me that people eat them.
look at how precious they are!
go vegan, all animals are worth it!

missmagrathea:

and people say cows are just ‘stupid animals.’

cows are amazing, loving, & intelligent creatures & it disgust me that people eat them.

look at how precious they are!

go vegan, all animals are worth it!

(Source: appreciatethecow, via yayforcows)

On “humane” and “organic” farming

torontochickensave:

"When someone buys eggs labeled "cage-fgree" or "free-range," they likely came from hens who aren’t in battery cages but who are still overcrowded in miserable, windowless warehouses where the stench of ammonia is overwhleming. They are still painfully debeaked, brutally handled, and they still go to a terrifying slaughter at a young age. And the babies still come from the harsh and heartless hatcheries where the male chicks are cruelly killed [either by being thrown into a meat grinder alive, or being tossed into trash bags to suffocate] by the millions soon after hatching, as they are considered a waste product of the egg industry.

When someone buys dairy products with an “organic” or “humane” label, the cows were perhaps able to go outside for some of their life, but they were still artificially inseminated [using a device called the “rape rack”], kept pregnant their entire short life and were milked well beyond what was ever intended for their bodies naturally. The cow’s baby calf was still taken away soon after birth, never to nuzzle her mother, drink from her udders, or frolic in a field. If the calf is male, he is worthless to the dairy industry and is sold at auction to be killed for veal or some other form of meat. If the operation is organic, sick and diseased cows linger untreated so the milk is not “tainted” with needed medications.

No matter the label, no matter the scale, commercially “farming” an animal for her flesh, milk or eggs is factory farming. If a bird is hatched into this world in a sterile metal drawer without the comfort of her mother hen and a soft nest, that is factory farming. If a calf is ripped from his mother at birth and kept separate from her and other cows, alone and frightened, chained and unloved - that is factory farming. If an animal has her beak burned off, her tail cut off, his genitals ripped out [all standard farming practices done without anesthesia even on so called “local”/”organic”/”humane” farms”] - that is factory farming. If an animal is hung upside down with his throat sliced open - that is factory farming. 

Indeed, I would encourage the animal activist community not to use the term “factory farming” anymore because it implies that there is some “humane” farming alternative somewhere that counters the large-scale, industrial operations. By using the term “factory farming,” animal activists have inadvertently contributed to a demand for “alternative” animal products. This is what we have been hearing in the shifting rhetoric of apologies for the animal agricultrual industry when they say, “I only buy … ” - Hope Bohanec of United Poultry Concerns

To summarize, any business, no matter how “small” or “organic”, which relies on the use of a person’s body against their will, which ignores their struggles and their cries, can only ever be cruel. And no matter where they were “farmed,” all animal persons end up in the same place in the end:

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The only way to know for sure that you are not contributing to the suffering of animals is to choose veganism!

TCS Vigil September 9th 2014
Lately we haven’t been able to spend much time with the cows; the trucks are purposely driven recklessly fast into the unloading areas where heavy, thick gates are closed with the sole purpose of blocking our view of the beautiful, trapped persons in the transport trucks. It is a final injustice, like salt in a wound, that these gentle, innocent beings are denied even a few moments of our kind words and loving caresses. 
Please choose veganism.
Learn about Toronto Cow Save and join our vigils.
Photo credit to Agnes Cseke.

TCS Vigil September 9th 2014

Lately we haven’t been able to spend much time with the cows; the trucks are purposely driven recklessly fast into the unloading areas where heavy, thick gates are closed with the sole purpose of blocking our view of the beautiful, trapped persons in the transport trucks. It is a final injustice, like salt in a wound, that these gentle, innocent beings are denied even a few moments of our kind words and loving caresses. 

Please choose veganism.

Learn about Toronto Cow Save and join our vigils.

Photo credit to Agnes Cseke.

compassionco:

ANIMAL LIBERATION  WORK AND LATIN AMERICAN SOLIDARITY.

The amount of racist bile that was spewed in the comments on an article about the plight of slaughterhouse workers is something has had me feeling really disheartened with the animal rights movement. Though I know most of the folks that actually work to help animals (read: the people I’ve met that are actually volunteering and getting out there to spread the message, not just Facebook warriors) do get it, I think a lot of people would benefit a great deal from spending 30 minutes watching this video about Animal Liberation Work and Latin American Solidarity. Vegan or not, this is an important video to watch if you care about human rights.

(via torontochickensave)

TCS Vigil August 26th 

A skinned head falls onto the pavement while being transferred from the “Ryding Regency” bovine killing facility to a rendering truck, in full view and smelling distance of the doomed cows in the holding pens torturously awaiting their deaths. It is dyed blue meaning that it is unfit for consumption by anyone (not even other farmed animals, which is what such parts are usually used for, despite the fact that most of these animals would naturally be herbivorous). Often this is what happens to the parts of cows that were sick upon arrival to the slaughterhouse, and more often than not, these sick cows are ‘spent’ dairy cows, whose bodies, after years of forced pregnancy, extreme emotional distress, poor diets, bodily mutilations, and filthy environments are very worn down at best, and ill and/or crippled at worst. To learn more about the disturbing truths of the dairy industry please click here, here, and here.

This was a gruesome reminder of what happens to the cows after we see them in the transport trucks, gently pet their noses and sometimes receive their kisses, and share with them our love. Dreadfully, due to religious guidelines, the vast majority of cows at both “Ryding Regency” and “St. Helen’s Meatpackers” are forced, through the use of electric prods which are purposely stuck in their more sensitive areas (such as their genitals). into the slaughterhouse where they have their necks cut in a sawing motion while fully concious and aware. Sometimes, the windpipe will be ripped out at this point, even though this is not something that is supposed to be done. The cows are then skinned and dismembered, and horrifically, some are even still conscious when this happens due to the increased pressure for faster kill-lines. This is also dangerous for and leads to abuse of the workers, and indeed we have heard of unacceptable instances of injury, leading to an environment where a severed finger is considered to be a regular occurance. There is absolutely nothing ‘humane’ or ‘peaceful’ about what happens in slaughterhouses, no matter what the industry says. 

If you want to take a stand against such appalling cruelty against both nonhuman and human persons, choose veganism today and speak out on their behalf. 

Learn about Toronto Cow Save and please join our vigils.

Photo credit to Agnes Cseke, Hannah Gregus, and Anita Krajnc. Please note that while the portraits of the cows were taken during summer 2014 vigils, they were not taken on this day.

torontopigsave:

Part one of a five part series which documents sweet little moments from Esther the Wonder Pig's second birthday party.

I dare you to watch this video without a smile on your face!

If only all persons, regardless of species, were shown this much affection! Please choose veganism in honour of the many nonhuman persons who not only will not reach their second birthdays, but will never know love and kindess such as this.

We fight for Esther, and we fight for all her exploited brothers and sisters of all species!

(via torontochickensave)

iVegan Toronto Subway Ad Campaign - iVegan.ca

torontochickensave:

The TTC serves 1.6 million persons every day. Toronto Save views this as an amazing opportunity for vegan outreach. We wish to erect 1000 posters in subway trains with the message, “why love one but eat the other?”, encouraging passengers to think about the disparity between the way we treat our companion animals, and the horror that we put “farmed” animals such as pigs, chickens and cows through. The posters will display information regarding the torture that billions these nonhuman persons are forced to experience on farms, during transport, and in slaughterhouses every year. With these posters, we hope to prompt individuals to choose a compassionate vegan lifestyle and to thus move towards a future where all are free and loved! You can help usa nd do your part by donating to this powerful project, every little bit helps, and 36$ will buy one full poster! We thank you!!

"Slaughterhouse 66" Run with Alex Lockwood.

Activist Alex Lockwood ran from the “Ontario Stockyards” in Cookstown, Ontario, to the location of “St. Helen’s Meatpackers” and “Ryding Regency” slaughterhouses on August 13th 2014. Alex wished to demonstrate a portion of the trip which thousands of cows are forced to take every week while crammed into filthy transport trucks. However, while Alex was able to take breaks for refreshment, the cows on these transport trucks can legally be transported for up to 52 hours without food, water, or rest, and many are forced to endure trips for even longer. As such, the cows that Toronto Cow Save bears witness to in the transport trucks entering either of the two slaughterhouses are often visibly stressed. Some will be foaming at the mouth, others will have bleeding scrapes on their knees, and almost all have wide, panicky eyes. A few times we have witnessed cows so tired/sick that they could not stand up.

While Alex Lockwood was bearing witness at the two slaugterhouses after his run, a few trucks pulled in and the cows were unloaded. Everyone expressed their love to the beautiful babies doomed to death; some shed tears for them, and others sang in their honour.

We also saw skinned heads which were dyed blue, signalling that they were condemned from either human or animal consumption (as usually these parts are fed back to other farmed animals or put into cat/dog food). The sight was a disturbing reminder of what really happens to the cows we see in the transport trucks or waiting in the pens. Indeed, due to the pressure for a fast kill-line, cows are regularly skinned alive. Furthermore, all the cows killed at “Ryding Regency” and a portion of the cows killed at “St. Helens Meatpackers” have their throats slit in a sawing motion while fully conscious, for religious purposes. This sort of suffering is unimaginable, and is particularly tragic when one thinks of the sweet, gentle nature of cows, and how they reach their noses out for our hands to stroke, and sometimes even give us little kisses with their tongues as they are pulled away to be unloaded..

The best way to help end such atrocity is to choose veganism!

Learn about Toronto Cow Save and join our vigils.

Photo credit to Agnes Cseke and Anita Krajnc.