Seattle Farmed Animal Save is a nonprofit chapter of The Save Movement. We are a group of conscientious volunteers who follow a Gandhian love based approach and hold peaceful vigils to bear witness of animals on their way to slaughter. With our campaigns of information, we make the public aware of the conditions in which animals used for food are raised, transported, and slaughtered. Our goals are to put “glass walls” on factory farms, live markets, and slaughterhouses in the Seattle Area; and contribute to the public debate about the place of animals in our society.
We are an inclusive group that welcomes vegans and non-vegans alike. We educate people on the benefits of a vegan lifestyle, the unique and distinctive personalities of farmed animals (like those we recognize in companion animals) and their inherent rights to their natural lives.
“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” – Eli Wiesel
The vast majority of us never see the 9 billion land animals slaughtered in the US each year for food. They are born, they suffer, and they die with little notice. At our vigils, we are there to notice. We are there to record. We are there to show solidarity. We are there to bring attention to their plight.
Those who study genocide typically divide the involved into four groups. There are the victims, the perpetrators, the bystanders and the helpers. By being vegan, one is a bystander; one is not causing any harm. However, it is our duty to be helpers – to do more – to act to put an end to the injustice.
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – Elie Wiesel