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Ontario's 'ag-gag' law raises protest stakes for animal rights activists

Ontario's 'ag-gag' law raises protest stakes for animal rights activists
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Regan Russell, a 65-year-old Toronto Pig Save activist, died under the wheels of a tractor-trailer hauling pigs at Fearmans Pork Inc. slaughterhouse in Burlington on the morning of Friday, June 19.

Pig Save has informal agreements in place with most of the slaughterhouses it pickets, like in Toronto’s stockyards area, for example, says the group's founder, Anita Krajnc. The group has petitioned and requested the same of Fearmans, but without success, she says.

Pig Save activists typically block trucks for up to two minutes so they can bear witness to animals in their final moments. They document the animals’ conditions and offer words of love and apology for what is about to happen to them. But there have been a number of close calls over the years outside numerous facilities.

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