In January 2017, Brisbane Animal Save was born. Under the auspices of Animal Liberation Queensland, Brisbane Animal Save is dedicated to bearing witness to the suffering of farmed animals, educating the public about their plight and advocating veganism.
The group is part of the international Save Movement, in which compassionate people come together to hold regular peaceful vigils outside slaughterhouses.
The vigils are a rare chance to come close to the animals in the ‘food system’, to stand in sympathy with them, acknowledge their suffering, and look into their eyes with kindness.
By sharing photographs and video footage widely via social media, the vigils are also a powerful way to bring public awareness to the animals' plight and encourage people to embrace a vegan lifestyle.
The approach of all Save vigils is one of compassion and love, inspired by the teachings of Tolstoy, who said:
“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.”
Almost 700 million animals are killed in Australian abattoirs every year.
The Save Movement began in Canada in December 2010 and has had grown rapidly in recent years. Today, there are over 200 groups in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the US, UK & Ireland, continental Europe, Hong Kong, South Africa South America, with more groups being established all the time.
Just a few years ago, the animals in the 'food system' were kept largely out of sight and out of mind. These are the unseen victims, countless individual beings whose short lives and violent deaths go unacknowledged as they are turned from someone into something in an endless production line.
Since the advent of the Save Movement, there are now groups holding regular vigils outside hundreds of abattoirs around the world, and the victims are seen.
At the core of the Save Movement is the principle of love-based community organising. Anyone is welcome to join a vigil, and those who are willing to open their hearts and come close to the victims will experience the power of this peaceful, compassionate movement. For many, it is life-changing.
More about Brisbane Animal Save
As well as regular vigils in Brisbane and the wider South East Queensland region, Brisbane Animal Save holds public outreach information events including film screenings, information evenings and stalls, social activities for supporters and participates in other peaceful actions for animals such as marches, direct actions, investigations and media exposés.
For regular news and updates, please follow the Brisbane Animal Save Facebook page.