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Vegan Activist Regan Russel Killed At Slaughterhouse Pig Save Protest

by | June 20, 2020

Vegan activist Regan Russel was killed yesterday at a Toronto Pig Save protest in Burlington.

The 65-year-old activist was hit by a truck as she gave water to pigs that were being transported into the facility.

“Died Fighting For What She Believed In”

“She died fighting for what she believed in,” said Mark Powell, Russel’s partner of 19 years.

“Whatever it cost, she would pay,” he added, “Sometimes it’s money. Sometimes, it’s this.”

Russel has been described as a “kind, elegant, strong, and courageous” person by her friends, who was committed to not just animal activism, but many social justice issues.

“She supported Black Lives Matter, Indigenous rights and she was an intersectional vegan who understood the importance of equality,” said her friend, Anita Krajnc.

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Regan Russel had been involved in animal activism for several decades (a katz/Shutterstock.com)

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The passionate activist’s 90-year-old mother Pat Russel has shared that she was often concerned about her daughter’s welfare at protests.

“Animals Were Her Life”

“I mostly worried she would be arrested,” said Russel, “But animals were her life.”

Powell revealed that his partner had been arrested eleven times for “various acts of civil disobedience,” and that he often didn’t accompany her on protests in case he needed to bail her out of jail.

No charges have been filed against the driver of the truck that killed Russel, and Powell agrees that her death was an accident.

“We can’t let the cause she was fighting for become lost in a fog of outrage,” he said.

“Keep fighting the fight, but don’t be angry. Get the word out.”


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