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November 20, 2020 - THE VEGAN AUTHORITY

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Joaquin Phoenix joins Toronto Pig Save activists outside Burlington pig processing plant

Joaquin Phoenix joins Toronto Pig Save activists outside Burlington pig processing plant
Joaquin Phoenix at slaughterhouse vigilCredit: Toronto Pig Save / Save Movement

This morning, Friday, November 20, Phoenix, a long standing vegan, attended a vigil, for slain civil rights and animal activist Regan Russell, who was tragically killed when struck by a pig transport truck outside Sofina’s Fearmans slaughterhouse in Burlington, Ontario on June 19.

The Academy Award-winning actor joined local Toronto activists, including Regan's husband Mark Powell, to pay his respects and to peacefully bear witness to pigs arriving at the facility.

Joaquin Phoenix at Pig Save vigil

Joaquin Phoenix at Pig Save vigil Credit: © Toronto Pig Save / Save Movement

In a previous statement last June, Phoenix said:

"Regan Russell spent the final moments of her life providing comfort to pigs who had never experienced the touch of a kind hand. 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."

Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Powell and other AR activists at vigil

Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Powell and other AR activists at vigil Credit: © Toronto Pig Save / Save Movement

Ontario's "ag-gag" Bill 156 specifically prohibits efforts to "stop, obstruct, hinder or otherwise interfere with a motor vehicle transporting farm animals," a direct aim at Toronto Pig Save's peaceful vigils. Anita Krajnc, co-founder of Animal Save Movement, has noted "an increase in aggressive behaviour from the animal agriculture industry and certain truckers toward animal rights activists, both online and at vigils" since the passage of 156.

Joaquin Phoenix + Mark Powell, Regan Russell's husband at vigil

Joaquin Phoenix + Mark Powell, Regan Russell's husband at vigil Credit: © Toronto Pig Save / Save Movement


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