This week, vegan actor and activist Joaquin Phoenix attended a pig vigil at slaughterhouse Fearmans Pork in Burlington, Ontario, Canada—the place 65-year-old animal-rights activist Regan Russell was killed by a slaughterhouse truck driver in June whereas giving pigs water. Phoenix joined animal-rights activists from Toronto Pig Save and Russell’s husband Mark Powell to pay tribute to the slain activist whereas bearing witness to pigs arriving on the slaughterhouse. “I’m right here to honor Regan and all the activists that dedicate their lives to ending this injustice,” Phoenix stated.
Shortly after her demise in June, Phoenix joined greater than 100 animal-rights activists at a vigil to honor Russell—who has been combating for animal rights since 1979—on the Smithfield-owned Farmer John slaughterhouse in Vernon, CA. “Regan Russell spent the ultimate moments of her life offering consolation to pigs who had by no means skilled the contact of a sort hand,” Phoenix stated in June. “Whereas her tragic demise has introduced upon deep sorrow within the Animal Save group, we’ll honor her reminiscence by vigorously confronting the cruelties she fought so onerous to stop by marching with Black Lives, defending Indigenous rights, combating for LGBTQ equality, and dwelling a compassionate vegan life.”
Phoenix additionally spoke out about Invoice 156, “ag-gag” laws handed in the future earlier than Russell was killed that bans activists from “interacting” with farmed animals to doc their abuse—which is the topic of latest documentary There Was a Killing, created by Earthlings filmmaker Shaun Monson. “The Ontario authorities can try and silence us with the passage of its Ag-Gag invoice—Invoice 156—however we’ll by no means go away and we’ll by no means again down.”
Throughout his keep in Toronto, Phoenix hung out spreading kindness in different methods. Earlier this week, the actor, his fiancé Rooney Mara, and son River paid a special visit to Animal Liberation Kitchen in Toronto for the only real objective of expressing their gratitude for a meal they’d from the vegan eatery the day prior.