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Animal Rights Advocate Nikki Anniehs Awarded 1st Place Prize In The Share Your Veganism: 2020 Photo Essay Contest

“I am also a passionate vegan and animal rights advocate so my photography reflects on that a lot. I just love animals and my hopes is that by bringing some of their moments we can regain a love for animals and connect with them once again. The only way to shoot an animal is with your camera.”
Nikki Anniehs, Pals Illuminated Photography, Burlington, Ontario
“A sad and fearful pig looks with plea for help. All while bearing witness to trucks on route to the slaughterhouse. Located in Burlington Ontario.”

A 2014 article published in the BBC’s Ethics Guide, mentions that there is much disagreement as to whether non-human animals have rights, and what is meant by animal rights. The article also mentions that there is much less disagreement about the consequences of accepting that animals have rights.

Accepting the doctrine of animal rights means that human beings must not do these things, no matter what the cost to humanity of not doing them:

  • No breeding and killing animals for food or clothes or medicine. It makes no difference if the animals are given 5-star treatment throughout their lives and then killed humanely without any fear or pain – it’s just plain wrong in principle, and nothing can make it right.
  • No experiments on animals
  • No use of animals for hard labour
  • No selective breeding for any reason other than the benefit of the animal
  • No hunting
  • No zoos or use of animals in entertainment

Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude all animal products, and as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. You’ll find that the one thing in common among vegans is an entirely plant-based diet avoiding all animal foods such as meat (including seafood and insects), eggs, dairy, honey and gelatin.

The story of pigs who had “never experienced the touch of a kind hand.”


Since the start of their morning walks on Lake Shore in December 2010 with their adopted dog Mr. Bean, where they would witness transport trucks carrying pigs to a nearby slaughterhouse, Toronto Pig Save has expanded their team leadership in order to build an animal justice grass roots movement. Their mission is to “erect glass walls in Toronto area slaughterhouses in order to encourage people to choose vegan, protect the environment, and support farm sanctuaries.” Toronto Pig Save has grown to a global Animals Save Movement with about 900 Save groups worldwide.

Each week, Pig Save vigils are held at Fearmans “Pork” Inc. slaughterhouse in Burlington, Ontario. Toronto Pig Save also uses the strategy of bearing witness to animals in need outside slaughterhouses so to empower the public to support animal rights, live vegan, and speak up for animals. Nikki Anniehs not only bears witness to these animals in need who spend their lives in cramped, filthy conditions, under constant stress, but through her community work, has created a “love based” platform to provide information on veganism and help to raise awareness on the plight of animals.

“A curious pig comes close to smell the camera. Despite having endured so much in his/her life, still is curious at what is going on and who we are.”


Nikki Anniehs is the founder of PALS Illuminated Photography. As a passionate vegan and animal rights advocate, her images captured reflects her love for animals. Nikki’s hope is that we can regain a love for animals and connect with them once again.

“S/he is in distress from being crammed in with several other pigs on route to the slaughterhouse that s/he starts gnawing on the truck. S/he is in pure desperation to get off the truck not knowing that when she does it will be her/his last moment.”

Besides photography, animal adoption and sanctuaries are two subjects that are really important to Nikki Anniehs. Nikki is on a mission to start lending her skills to not only speak for those that are oppressed but that also are longing for a home where they can be lavished by a family that loves them. Through her Facebook community page titled The Gentle Vegan, Nikki helps to raise awareness on the plight of animals as well as provide relevant information on veganism.

“While bearing witness we offer some water to pigs and this pig accepts and takes a sip of water. Just part of what we do in the save movement.”
Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020, Passed June 16, 2020

It is important to understand the meaning of the passing of Bill 156, Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020. The Bill, as explained by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, is intended to protect farm animals, the food supply, farmers and others from risks that are created when trespassers enter places where farm animals are kept or when persons engage in unauthorized interactions with farm animals. The risks include the risk of exposing farm animals to disease and stress, as well as the risk of introducing contaminants into the food supply.


Bill 156, also referred to as an agricultural gag (“ag-gag”) bill, aims to curb activism against farms and farming practices.

Bill 156 restrict rights to peacefully protest on public property near trucks transporting animals to slaughter. Activists are prohibited from interacting with farm animals being transported by a motor vehicle without explicit prior consent, subjecting them to fines of up to $15,000 for a first offence and $25,000 for subsequent offences, compared to a maximum of $10,000 under the Trespass to Property Act. Bill 156 also silences whistleblowers – making it an offence to gain access to a farm under “false pretences” to film animal cruelty in the meat industry.

“Pigs are usually packed so tightly, often pigs throw up, urinate on top of one another. Pigs are usually very clean animals. They usually like to urinate or do their business separate from where they lay. A pig gets up from lying down to see what’s going on and who we are.”

“Whistle-blowers have been champions of truth and justice across our province, our country and this world. They have a role which has upheld democracy, which has spoken truth to power, which has brought justice to those who are oppressed, which has helped people in need. If the government, having known the threat to this right that this bill puts forward, continues to choose to push, to ram, this piece of legislation forward, then the ultimate result will be injustice. The ultimate result will be a province which is not lifted up. It won’t be a province in which the people you purport to support will ultimately enjoy greater freedoms or protections. If anything, you’re going to collectively hurt us all.”
NDP MPP Gurratan Singh;
June 16, 2020 Third Reading debates on Bill 156

Toronto Pig Save,
Learn more about Toronto Pig Save and their work to develop expanding team leadership in order to build an animal justice grassroots movement.

Regan Russell | A Short Film, Tap HERE
On June 19th, 2020, animal liberation activist Regan Russell was struck by an animal transport truck and violently killed during a peaceful vigil outside of Fearmans slaughterhouse, Burlington, Ontario.

Tap HERE for details of Bill 156, Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020, also referred to as an agricultural gag (“ag-gag”) bill.

Petition to Stop Bill 156,

Calling All Vegans Podcast, Tap HERE
Join Sue Saphr and co-host, Alec Bosse, as they strive to raise awareness of veganism and animal rights.

11 Reasons to Love Pigs,

VegFund’s Recommended Films for Screening, Tap HERE
Due to their compelling and scientifically-backed information, documentaries and other films such as The Invisible Vegan, Cowspiracy, Eating Animals, Forks Over Knives, and Love & Bananas (to name a few) have moved many people to adopt a vegan lifestyle. VegFund recommends film screening events as a great opportunity for vegan outreach. See their list of recommended films and learn about their Film Screening Grant.

Cooking Green Goodness Magazine’s “unique, effective, and relevant form of activism.”

A photograph demands that the audience commit to get to know the origin story, the boundaries of its meaning, and the power behind its voice. The Share Your Veganism: 2020 Photo Essay Contest showcases, through the beauty of artistic expression in a photograph, those things that empower how we choose to nourish our bodies. To see the full list of winners awarded in this contest, visit

The world needs more voices like Nikki Anniehs’.

Nikki empowers the public to support animal rights, lives a vegan lifestyle, and speaks up for animals. Nikki has bared witness to animals in need outside of slaughterhouses. Through her activism, and in this contest, Nikki is shedding light on the passing of Bill 156 and its impact on animals.

To learn more about Nikki Anniehs, visit

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