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Joaquin Phoenix pays tribute to Regan Russell

Phoenix was among more than 100 animal rights activists for a vigil to commemorate Regan Russell outside of a California slaughterhouse Thursday night.

Phoenix, who has been an outspoken proponent for animal rights and veganism, stood outside of the slaughterhouse in a black hoodie reading “LA Animal Save,” a mask, and a sign that read, “#SavePigs4Regan.”

Standing beside him was his friend, Michelle Cho, with a sign that read, “Rest in power Regan.”

In a statement Phoenix said “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,” he said.

He also spoke out against Ontario’s Bill 156 making it illegal to be on private property where animals intended for slaughter are kept.

Russell died on the morning of June 19 outside of the Fearman’s Pork plant. when she was hit by a transport truck as she was attempting to give water to pigs headed to slaughter.

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