Actor Joaquin Phoenix attends vigil for slain animal rights activist in Burlington

Hollywood actor Joaquin Phoenix attended a vigil Friday morning for an animal rights activist who was killed when she was hit by a truck whereas protesting in Burlington final summer time.

The “Joker” star joined native activists at Fearman’s Pork slaughterhouse to pay his respects to Regan Russell.

On June 19, the 65-year-old was feeding water to pigs that had been in a truck en path to the slaughterhouse when she was struck and killed by a truck.

Phoenix was seen Friday speaking with advocates and taking footage whereas holding an indication that stated “Fearman’s slaughterhouse confirmed me no mercy.”

Joaquin Phoenix

“I’m right here to honour Regan and to all of the activists that devoted their lives to ending this injustice,” Phoenix stated on the vigil.

The actor- who’s an avid environmentalist and animal rights activist- spoke publicly concerning the incident in June saying “Russell spent the ultimate moments of her life offering consolation to pigs who had by no means skilled the contact of a form hand.”

“Whereas her tragic loss of life 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, preventing for LGBTQ equality, and dwelling a compassionate vegan life,” Phoenix stated in an announcement.

“The Ontario authorities can try to 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,” he added.

Phoenix’s feedback had been in reference to the federal government’s Safety from Trespass and Defending Meals Security Act. Elements of the act went into impact on Sept. 2, particularly sections that prohibit anybody from stopping, hindering, obstructing or in any other case interfering with a car transporting livestock.

The PC authorities says the act is meant to “defend livestock, the meals provide, farmers and others from dangers which can be created when trespassers enter locations the place livestock are stored or when individuals interact in unauthorized interactions with livestock.”

However Phoenix, together with different activists, imagine the invoice infringes upon their rights to carry peaceable protests.

Joaquin Phoenix

In an announcement, co-founder of Animal Save Motion Anita Krajnc stated she has seen “a rise in aggressive behaviour from the animal agriculture trade and sure truckers towards animal rights activists, each on-line and at vigils” because the passage of the invoice.

The 28-year-old driver who struck Russell didn’t face prison prices for the incident. As an alternative, he was charged with careless driving inflicting loss of life, a provincial visitors offence that might lead to something from a high-quality to 2 years in jail.

Halton police stated there was no proof to counsel the motive force acted with prison intent when Russell was struck and killed.

–With recordsdata from The Canadian Press