Yesterday there were 31 activists (if you count two dogs, which I am) who had made the journey from other centres to support Whanganui Animal Save. We were aged between eighteen months and seventy-six years. We met at my house for a pot luck first and then my house guest Rob McNeil from the Animal Save Movement in Canada gave us a briefing before setting out. First up was the sheep and bobby calf slaughterhouse, but we just missed a truck of sheep arriving. Most of the time was spent at the cow and pig slaughterhouse where, led by Chris Gordon’s lovely voice, we sang vegan versions of Hallelujah, Imagine and Amazing Grace.

The police stopped by for a chat and when the slaughterhouse staff saw so many people, they called in reinforcements, but everything was peaceful, and some activists were chatting in an amicable way to some of the staff. I invited the press and finally a journalist arrived, so I am hoping the vigil will be covered mainstream, where we want our message to be.

Please look at the photos, read the signs, feel the commitment of the activists present. It is because of people like these, all over the world, that society is changing to plant-based, and slaughterhouses will soon be a thing of the past. Imagine. Hallelujah. Amazing Grace.  

(Photos courtesy of MC Ronen and Whanganui Chronicle)

The Faces of Commitment - Slaughterhouse Vigil
Sandra Kyle
Sandra Kyle is a retired polytechnic lecturer and part time music teacher living in Whanganui, New Zealand. She has been a vegetarian for nearly fifty years, and a vegan for ten. Sandra has been active for animals since the 1990s, and has written or co-written many articles and opinion editorials on animal rights. In 2018 she self-published a book, ‘Glass Walls’, calling for the closure of all slaughterhouses in New Zealand by 2025. Sandra produced and presented an award winning animal rights radio show, ‘Safe and Sound’ for four and a half years, and has been interviewed on mainstream media, who have dubbed her ‘The Singing Vegan’, as she sings to the animals waiting in pens at the slaughterhouse. Sandra is currently one of two Country Liaisons for The Save Movement in New Zealand, and in 2019 a short film — ‘2025’ — was made about her solitary slaughterhouse vigils. Sandra was the recipient of The Philip Wollen Animal Welfare Award in 2018, and has her own website, In 2021 she was nominated for the ‘Assisi Award’, named after the Patron Saint of Animals, St Francis of Assisi.