Agree or disagree with animal advocates and activists, no one can deny their dedication, commitment and focus. Every day members of the public are increasingly moved and inspired to join them. Last Monday, approximately 40 people, including Mark Pearson MP, gathered at the Riverlea Piggery in Corowa NSW to hold an ‘awareness vigil’ against the alleged mistreatment of the animals contained at the site.
Vigil spokesperson Lisa Ryan says the immediate aim of the vigil is to draw public attention to the plight of animals in intensive agriculture. It was a peaceful gathering, with the aim of ‘bearing witness’ to the animal suffering in intensive farming practices and slaughter houses.
“The public would be appalled if they knew the scale of the animal suffering and abuse that occurs inside these facilities, just to get pork, ham and bacon on their plates,” Ms Ryan said. “We will continue to hold these peaceful vigils at abattoirs, pounds, piggeries, wherever they are needed to raise awareness.”
The Harden Murrumburrah Express. 13 April 2017
In this age of Instagram and celebrity TV chefs, we’ve never been so obsessed by what we eat. But nor have we been so utterly disconnected from how all those ‘ingredients’ make their way onto our plates. Take meat. Imagine if we scrutinised that benign-sounding journey from ‘paddock to plate’ with the same enthusiasm and attention to detail we devote to the moment of plating up?
One of the Riverina’s most vocal animal rights activists supported a vigil at a Border piggery on Monday night, aimed at drawing attention to “the plight of animals in intensive agriculture”.
The event, staged at Rivalea’s Corowa plant, was organised by vegan-activist group Sydney Pig Save, an arm of the international Save Movement.
Ms Ryan said the vigil was “a powerful but peaceful way for the community to express opposition to cruelty”.
“The public would be appalled if they knew the scale of the animal suffering and abuse that occurs inside these piggeries and slaughterhouses,” she said. “(A vigil) is an experience between each person and the animals.”
Riverina piggeries have been targeted more aggressively by animal rights crusaders in the past, with property owners accusing them of trespassing and planting hidden cameras.
The Save Movement was formed in Canada in 2010 and has since spread around the world.
The Border Mail. 3 April 2017
It was great to see you all again at the Cruelty Free Festival. A big THANK YOU to CC who helped us on the day!
We sold tote bags, tees, stickers, and handed out lots of leaflets to raise awareness of the suffering of pigs in food production.
There was lots of interest in vigils to bear witness to the suffering of pigs. Keep an eye on Rivalea Pig Vigil for details of upcoming vigil events.