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Animal Save Movement Responds To Charges Brought Against Murderer Of Regan Russell

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Animal Save Movement today condemned the Halton Regional Police Service for bringing charges of “Careless Driving Causing Death” against the driver of a pig transport truck in the June 19 death of Regan Russell.

Russell was attending a special Toronto Pig Save vigil to protest Ontario’s passage of the unconstitutional “ag-gag” Bill 156 just two days prior and had been giving water to dehydrated pigs on one of the hottest days of the year. 

“These charges are feeble and do not amount to justice for Regan. Enough is enough – how many more lives will be lost at the hands of Sofina and Fearmans before they agree to a safety policy?” said Anita Krajnc, co-founder of Animal Save Movement.

“They’ve rejected these calls far too long and have Regan’s blood on their hands – we will not rest until Bill 156 is repealed.”

On Facebook the Animal Save Movement posted:

“Regan Russell was struck down and killed outside of Fearmans slaughterhouse on June 19 by a slaughterhouse truck driver who unexpectedly accelerated and turned towards Regan’s direction.

She had no chance to get out of the way and was killed instantly.

The truck driver was only charged with a Highway Traffic Act offense. This is completely unacceptable and justice has not been served.”

Animal Save Movement demands the release of video footage obtained by police that shows the incident.

Russell, 65, was a pioneer of Canada’s animal rights movement and had peacefully campaigned on behalf of animals for more than 40 years.

On June 19th an unnamed 28-year-old male drove a pig transport truck into Russell outside Sofina’s Fearmans slaughterhouse in Burlington. 

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Late animal activist Regan Russell strongly fought against Ontario’s Ag-Gag law #Bill156 which got passed just two days before she was violently killed by a transport truck carrying pigs for slaughter. ⁠ ⁠ Under Bill 156, it is illegal to expose violence against animals on farms and transport. You can be criminally charged for even giving water to thirsty pigs in transport trucks. ⁠ ⁠ Bill 156 violates the Canadian constitution's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It aims to conceal violence against other animals & keep the truth away from the public eye. ⁠ ⁠ Such ag-gag laws have been struck down as unconstitutional in Utah, Iowa, North Carolina, Kansas, etc. ⁠ ⁠ In honour of Regan, we demand that Bill 156 be repealed and in its place, a Regan Bill of Animal Rights be introduced, under which other animals will be granted legal personhood; no new slaughterhouses will be constructed; animal agriculture will be defunded and transitioned to a fully plant-based food system. ⁠ ⁠ 📸: Louise Jorgensen⁠ @torontocowsave ⁠ #JusticeForReganRussell #GetActive4Regan #RepealBill156⁠

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The Powell family said:

“We are disappointed by the lack of criminal charges, and would like respect and time in digesting this information.”

“Today’s charges must be upgraded to reflect the death of a kind and gentle soul who did no wrong,” said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk.

“Regan Russell spent her last moments on Earth showing kindness to animals, and everyone can honor her memory by going vegan.”

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There are many stages of grief and they all impact us in a variety of ways as many of us are experiencing. We are all still processing the loss of our activist sister Regan Russell and are fighting for animals every day to honor her legacy. Many of us are still shedding tears, others are enraged with anger, and some of us are using our creativity to cope.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ As we continue to fight for what Regan stood for we invite you to use your creative spirit to share her legacy with the world. We will always remember Regan but art has the ability to transcend generations and last indefinitely so we want to see how you pay tribute to Regan.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Writing, illustration, dance, film, performance and all forms of artistic expression are welcomed in our open call to remember Regan. Please share what you create and tag us so we can see your tribute. Remember to email to media@animalsavemovement.org too. We look forward to seeing Regan Russell remembered through our collective creativity. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠#JusticeForReganRussell⁠⠀ ⁠#Vigil4Regan⁠⠀ #GoVegan4Regan⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #creativity #art #expression #legacy #animalrights #animaljustice #humanrights #socialjustice #animals #iloveanimals #animalrightsactivist #activism #bill156⁠⠀

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On June 19th, Russell was participating in a peaceful vigil outside Sofina-owned Fearmans slaughterhouse when she was struck and violently killed by a pig transport truck.

Earlier at the Toronto Pig Save vigil, she had been providing water to pigs on a scorching-hot day, along with six other activists.

Regan was standing at the slaughterhouse entrance when the driver unexpectedly accelerated, turning in Russell’s direction and ending her life.

This took place two days after “ag-gag” legislation in the form of Bill 156 was approved by the Ontario government, following months of extensive lobbying by meat, dairy, egg, and other animal industries..

There’s a long history of reckless driving from truckers. Toronto Pig Save called for safety protocols to be implemented after vigil attendees were nearly hit by trucks on a number of occasions and launched a Change.org petition demanding a safety agreement.

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ONLINE ACTION RIGHT NOW⠀⠀ WE DEMAND JUSTICE FOR REGAN RUSSELL AND THAT BILL 156 TO BE REPEALED ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ For Regan Russell and for all the animal victims of the industry, Animal Save Movement are engaging in online lobbying and campaigning to demand that Bill 156 be repealed.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ STEP 1: Tweet against Bill 156 and demand that F1 reject Sofina’s blood money (between 9am and 1pm EST)⠀⠀ STEP 2: Email blast to politicians⠀⠀ STEP 3: Sign the petition⠀⠀ STEP 4: Share the fundraiser of Regan’s family⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ HOW TO PARTICIPATE? ⠀⠀ Go to our stories or https://bit.ly/38LqsGN to see the direct links for each step.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ You can make a difference. No matter where you are in the world.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Take action and send this to your friends and fellow activists so we can have a greater impact.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ We won’t turn away. And we will let them know that.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ JOIN US!⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #JusticeForReganRussell⠀⠀ #RepealBill156

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Michael Latifi (owner of Sofina’s Fearmans pig slaughterhouse) Said:

“Stop endangering activists! Negotiate a safety agreement at Fearmans now!”. 

Animal Save Movement demands that the Ontario government immediately repeal Bill 156, and replace it with a Regan Bill of Animal Rights that would protect the rights of protestors to demonstrate safely; defend whistleblowers, journalists, and others who document animal suffering; recognize the personhood of pigs and other animals; defund animal agriculture, and invest in plant-based food systems in Ontario.

Also, check out our article on the long history of murdered animal rights activists.

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Brandon Kirkwood

Animal Rights Activist (ARA), Vegan, Creator and editor of Vegan News, Father to an awesome cat named Boba, Youtuber

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