Regan Russell was hit by a truck outside the slaughterhouse in Toronto, Canada. At her vigil, Joaquin Phoenix praises Russell for her activist life
Regan Russell was an animal rights activist and she was known for her kindness to animals. After Russell gave pigs water, she was found dead outside of a Canadian slaughterhouse. Joaquin Phoenix, 45, sang the praises of Russell after her death.
Joaquin Phoenix is an actor — who won an Oscar for his role as The Joker in “Joker” (2019) — was one of the attendees for Russell’s vigil. On Thursday, there were more than 100 animal rights activists — including Phoenix — participate in Russell’s vigil to sing her praises and paid tribute to her life. This event takes place outside of the Farmer John slaughterhouse in Vernon, California.
Phoenix has been a passionate supporter of animal rights and veganism for most of his life. In Russell’s vigil, he remained outside of the slaughterhouse in a dark hoodie stating “LA Animal Save,” with a mask (because of COVID-19), and a sign that says, “#SavePigs4Regan.”
Michelle Cho was one of the animal rights activists who joined Russell’s vigil. She is Phoenix’s friend and she was standing right by Phoenix with a sign that read, “Rest in power Regan.”
Regan Russell spent the final moments of her life providing comfort to pigs who had never experienced the touch of a kind handPhoenix said in a statement
According to PEOPLE, Phoenix made an announcement and expressed that Regan Russell spent her last moments to give solace to pigs who had never encountered a tender hand of a good-natured person.
He stated that “While her tragic death has brought upon deep sorrow in the Animal Save community, we will honor her memory by vigorously confronting the cruelties she fought so hard to prevent by marching with Black Lives, protecting Indigenous rights, fighting for LGBTQ equality, and living a compassionate vegan life,”.
“The Ontario government can attempt to silence us with the passage of its Ag-Gag bill -Bill 156 – but we will never go away and we will never back down,” he said. “My heart goes out to the Toronto Animal Save community and Regan’s lifelong partner, Mark Powell.”
Some portion of Russell’s battle was to repeal a new bill passed in Ontario, Bill 156, that will before long make it illicit for anybody to be on private property, for example, ranches where animals proposed for butcher are typically held.
Russell passed on the morning of June 19 outside of the Fearman’s Pork Inc. at the point when she was hit by a vehicle truck as she attempts to offer water to the pigs that will be butchered in the slaughterhouse.
According to PEOPLE, a representative for the Halton Regional Police Service did not promptly react to PEOPLE’s solicitation for newly updated input, even though an examination concerning her demise is being led, a representative told CBC.
According to The Hamilton Spectator, Russell’s partner, Powell, revealed that after her passing he didn’t have a clue how she wound up underneath the vehicle truck. However, he was eager to proceed to take on her legacy of advocating for the welfare of animals.
“She died fighting for what she believed in,” Powell expressed. “Whatever it cost, she would pay. Sometimes it’s money. Sometimes, it’s this.”
On Friday, Powell told the CBC he’d battle Bill 156 for the remainder of his life.
He stated that “My life ended on Friday [June 19], so for as long as I’m left here, we have to pick up the torch and we have to fight things like Bill 156,”.
Russell’s family has made a GoFundMe page for people to donate money to her memorial service and legal costs.
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