We hold peaceful vigils at slaughterhouses to bear witness to the millions of farmed animals whose lives are needlessly taken each day, and to bring public awareness to their plight.
Bearing witness to the living animals that we consume has a profound effect on our choices and to our attitude towards these sentient beings who are mostly hidden from public view.
To witness and to feel their suffering, to see them as the unique, individual lives that they are will strengthen our resolve to end this cruelty.
We believe that ending violence and oppression must be done with love and kindness for all beings, regardless of sex, race or species.
Our aims are to show love and compassion to animals in their final moments and raise awareness of their wrongful and unnecessary suffering and exploitation.
Respect to Animals
- Stay Calm: Animals are very sensitive to our energy. Approach truck slowly, calmly and quietly so as not to frighten animals more than they are already.
- Noise: Animals are extremely sensitive to noise and are already under a great deal of stress.
- Minimise loud noises or shouting in the presence of animals so as not to heighten their anxiety or stress.
- Do not use megaphones in close proximity to trucks. Approach them slowly with love and respect.
- Water: Offer water to the animals. Do not spray or throw water at them or in the truck. If they do not accept your offer then stop.
- Touching: Exercise discretion when engaging with and touching the animals; don’t scare them.
- At all times be mindful to keep a safe distance from the trucks when they are in motion, especially when they are turning.
- Safety marshals, wearing reflective vests, will be appointed at 24 hour vigils to keep attendees safe near trucks.
- Approach truck when safety marshal signals that it’s safe. Truck drivers cannot see you.
- Stay on the ground, do not climb trucks.
- Bear witness on curb side of truck, not on traffic side.
- Listen to, and respect the instructions of any TSM marshals who are there to ensure the safety of vigil attendees.
- Respect the boundaries of any coned areas implemented by TSM to ensure safety.
Interaction with Truck Drivers
- Speak to drivers, employees and police with respect, even if they do not. We are there to promote peace.
- Resist temptation to react/respond to provoking from employees in a negative manner.
- Oppose violence with love and kindness.
- Stay peaceful and positive. Avoid temptation to respond to negative comments with negative responses.
- When not bearing witness, hold a sign at the road or leaflet. If you choose not to, please go to designated break area so as not to detract from the seriousness of our message. Let’s make this short time speaking up for animals as effective as possible. They need us!
- Respect other vigil attendees. We are all there for the animals and to build the animal rights community.
Non compliance of the above or disrespectful behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated and we may ask individuals persistently violating the principles to leave the vigil.
Attending vigils can be an incredibly emotive and cathartic experience. These guidelines are not designed to limit personal expression. However, safety and respect for both the animals and each other is a key priority.
It is the duty and responsibility of all those who attend to ensure a safe and peaceful vigil experience for the group as a whole.
Above all, stay safe, stay mindful, and stay committed to those who need us to hear their voice.