Ready to take on the Baconator

One pig at a time

Sidewalk art drawn by Tori Lion in front of Ontario's Fearman's Pork. Sidewalk art drawn by Tori Lion in front of Ontario’s Fearman’s Pork.

I spent 23 hours in Canada this week for a single reason: to devote much of a day with Toronto Pig Save outside of Ontario’s biggest pig slaughterhouse, bearing witness to the pigs as they arrived in hulking transport trucks. We tried to comfort as many as possible with soothing words and quick offerings of water and watermelon before the traffic light changed – and the rigs pulled away.

Of course, it’s sad to see those tired and thirsty pigs trapped in there, knowing that after a life full of suffering, even more pain awaits them. But I found the 12-hour vigil to be much more uplifting than depressing. I found energy and inspiration in the roughly 70 other compassionate activists who also came out for the pigs. Also, the honks did much to keep me going: I…

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