After the rain of the previous vigil, we were delighted to get such a strong turnout for this morning’s event, plenty of new faces and, as seems to have become normal, there were quickly vegan cakes being circulated (is 7am too early for cake?). It wasn’t long before the first of the trucks started to arrive, loaded to the brim with innocent victims. We’re never sure how many pigs are on each truck, but we estimate at around 250; 250 innocent lives, each an individual each possessing the same desire to live, to love and to be loved. The drivers weren’t for stopping outside Tulip, so we moved down to a nearby traffic light junction, where the trucks would stop naturally at the lights, giving us an opportunity to show the pigs some affection without causing any problems for drivers or those attending the vigil. Unfortunately, the drivers weren’t too happy with this either and did all they could to stop us from bearing witness to the suffering of these pigs. Fortunately, their efforts were in vein and we did get to see some of the pigs, to interact with them and show them that somebody cares. Those few previous moments mean so much, to us and to the pigs. A rare moment of human kindness is the only one they will ever experience in their short lives and it is bittersweet that it comes in their final moments on this earth, which has been so cruel to them. We’re doing all we can, but of course it isn’t enough.
Until next time, we keep on fighting, we keep on trying and we keep on speaking out…
Peta Cole says
The only way you will change anything is to make people aware where their meat, poultry and dairy products come from, The billions of animals slaughtered per year and the mostly miserable, short lives they have. Why doesnt your organization get together with other similar organisations and form some kind of strong and coherant kind of “public awareness” of the livestock industry. You need graphic images and videos, of which there are an enormous amount available on the internet for example and these need to be shown to children in schools as well as the adult population.
Why arent people doing more to educate the country on the livestock industry? There are more and more organisations like yours but why isnt the public being made more aware of what goes on in the livestock industry?
I can tell you if children were shown how pigs in the industry are reared from their birth to the actual slaughtering of the animal, they certainly would never eat another animal again.
Sir Paul McCartney, for example is a vegan and has been for probably 40 years, but why doesnt he put some of his vast wealth into public awareness campaigns? He has the resources to do it. Why dont people try to get him behind their campaign?
I know it isnt easy as the companies like Tulip are a business and private property but many of the tabloids have managed to expose some of this cruelty, so it is a start but much more needs to be done.
Only graphic images and videos are the way you will make any impact on public awareness and you need to find a way of doing that!
Only been made aware of yourselves after signing the petition. Well done you guys. Led me to do more research into tulip and what a hurrendous company they are. I even rang them today. I would love to get involved unfortunately finding out about today’s was too short notice. Love to you all and thanks for what you are doing x
Lesley Bowler says
I attended Manchester Pig Save for the first time yesterday, Tuesday 18th October. Very distressing to witness, much more than distressing for the poor souls going to be slaughtered. I will most definitely be attending again, and hope that more and more of the public will become aware of the suffering caused by humans desire to partake in this cruel practice by eating pig meat, in any shape or form.