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Vigil & March to World’s Largest Slaughterhouse
January 10 @ 1:00 pm EST
Friday, January 10th will be our first vigil in Tar Heel, NC of 2020 and we mean to make it a powerful day of action for animals. You must be there!
We’ll meet at the grassy area next to the Subway on Highway 87 at 1PM to meet our safety monitors and get any last-minute instructions. Park on the side of the service road there, or across the street at the post office, dollar general, etc.
We will march from this space to the slaughter plant’s truck entrance, where we will stand with our signs for some time. We will bear witness as pigs are brought into the plant to be killed. The plant’s work is violent, but ours is peaceful. We are there to honor the pigs and to say goodbye to them. We are there to show the world that there are many people who care about what farmed animals endure. We are there to show them that another world is possible. We are there as the face of compassion for all.
There will be three phases to this action:
(1) Our march to the slaughterhouse will suggest a funeral procession. Please come dressed in clothing appropriate for a funeral procession – black top and bottom if you have them, something dark if you don’t have black. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes, and check the weather! Carry a sign or flowers if you wish – feel free to bring your homemade, heartfelt sign or use one of ours. Signs should pay tribute to Smithfield’s victims – the pigs in particular. Details about signs are below.
(2) Once we reach the slaughterhouse, we will stand together for readings, poems, prayers, and/or songs. You are invited to bring something to share. Signs to be held up at the slaughterhouse should focus on the actions of Smithfield, particularly its efforts to speed up the kill line, and how those actions affect humans, non-humans, and the planet.
You can make your own sign, or carry one provided by NC Save if you wish – we have plenty! IMPORTANT SIGN INFO: Per the Bladen County ordinance, signs cannot block pedestrian or vehicular traffic. Any poles used to hold signs or banners cannot exceed 40 inches in length and must be made of plastic, corrugated material, or wood – no metal or metal alloy. Feel free to bring more than one sign. We will store signs for the vigil in a car to be parked near the slaughterhouse during the march.
(3) Following our vigil, we will return to the grassy area to share a meal. The main course will be provided; you are welcome to bring a side dish and/or dessert, chairs, and as a no-waste event, we encourage you to bring dishes and utensils for yourself and one other person, if possible. All food shared at this event should be vegan – no meat, including fish, dairy products, eggs, or honey.
Check this event page for threads on the potluck and bring something to share. Check also the carpool thread for rides needed and available.
Please share this event with folks who care, invite friends, and ask someone special to come with you to this action for animals. A head count is always helpful for planners, so if you intend to march and stand with us, please reply to let us know!