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Animal activist and vegan Joaquin Phoenix attended a vigil for slain animal activist Regan Russell. Russell was killed in late June by a truck transporting pigs to a slaughterhouse outside Toronto.

Over 100 activists, including Phoenix, attended a vigil to Russell. who died at age 65. Russell was one of Canada’s animal activism pioneers and was involved in multiple other movements, including gender equality and racial justice.

Phoenix said of Russell in an emailed statement, “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. My heart goes out to the Toronto Animal Save community and to Regan’s lifelong partner, Mark Powell.”

You can read more about Russell and her work here. Russell was also fighting against Canada’s new Ag-Gag bill, Bill 156. And read more about animal activists, check out Joaquin Phoenix’s other activism and his girlfriend Rooney Mara going undercover to film a factory farm. 

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