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No Criminal Charges Against Driver Who Killed Vegan Activist At Protest

by | July 21, 2020

Family and friends of Regan Russel — the vegan activist killed at a slaughterhouse protest — have criticized the decision not to file criminal charges against the man responsible for her death.

65-year-old Russel was giving water to pigs at a peaceful slaughterhouse vigil in Toronto last month when she was fatally hit by a truck.

The driver of the vehicle has been charged with “Careless Driving Causing Death” — a charge comparable in law to a traffic violation.

“Anger, Frustration, And Confusion”

“Losing Regan has been a terrible experience, and the lax charge in response to her death has only made that pain deeper,” said Russel’s stepson Joshua Powell, in an email to Raise Vegan.

“Grief is now compounded by anger, frustration, and confusion. We will be taking the time we need to reflect on this information,” he added.

“Our family is committed to revealing the truth in Regan’s death, and will be pursuing all avenues before us that work to that end.”

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The vegan activist was killed giving water to pigs outside a slaughterhouse (Provided/Evolotus PR)

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Russel was a dedicated animal rights activist for over 40 years, and often attended slaughterhouse protests and vigils.

Speaking on her death, Anita Krajnc, co-founder of the Animal Save Movement, said, “These charges are feeble and do not amount to justice for Regan.”

“Blood On Their Hands”

“Enough is enough – how many more lives will be lost at the hands of Sofina and Fearmans (the slaughterhouse companies) before they agree to a safety policy? They’ve rejected these calls far too long and have Regan’s blood on their hands.”

Animal Save Movement is now demanding that the police release footage of the incident, claiming this will prove that the charges should be upgraded to a criminal offence.

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