Bearing witness is being present in the face of suffering and injustice, and trying to help.
It is based on the principles of compassion, non-violence and love. We look into the eyes of the pig victims of our food production, and acknowledging them as living sentient beings.
We show them that their lives matter, and to say we are sorry.
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 him who suffers, and try to help him. – Leo Tolstoy
‘Everyone has an absolute duty to bear witness. It’s not something some activists chose to do. It’s an obligation. When there is gross injustice and suffering of other beings we have a duty to be there and try to help.’ – Anita Krajnc, Toronto Pig Save.
I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. – Mahatma Gandhi
A peaceful, respectful and successful vigil is everyone’s responsibility. The Save Movement’s Code of Conduct gives clear guidelines for vigil attendees when bearing witness.
Bearing witness around the world