On Wednesday 31st of August I attended Farnborough Animal Save’s first vigil at Newman’s Abattoir in Farnborough. The purpose of this event was to raise awareness for the animals and to try and give them some comfort in their last few minutes of life.
The Save Movement is comprised of different groups from across the world who bear witness to pigs, cows, sheep, chickens and other farmed animals as they arrive at slaughterhouses.
Around 30 vegan activists gathered outside the slaughterhouse for around 4 hours, demonstrating on behalf of the voiceless victims. We were also accompanied by 3 community support officers and 2 police officers, to ensure that no conflicts arose.
Although we could not physically touch the animals, we hope that the animals could sense the love and sadness in our hearts. It gives me a small amount of comfort knowing that they were surrounded by people dedicated to ending their oppression and suffering, even though the circumstances were so devastating and horrific.
From the time of 7:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m on Wednesday, 3 trucks came to deliver cows, sheep and pigs to their deaths. I could see the fear and sadness in their eyes whilst they were crammed in the back of the trucks and I could hear their screams from behind the properties gate. I have never felt so helpless in my life. Hearing the animals being slaughtered knowing there was nothing I could do to stop it was truly heartbreaking.
If you want to take action and get involved in the next event please check out Farnborough Animal Save’s Facebook Page. The animals need you.