Joaquin Phoenix joins Pig Save activists outside Burlington pork plant

The Joker star, who has been a vegan most of his life, joined activists outside the facility where Regan Russell was killed earlier this year

American film star Joaquin Phoenix took part in protests outside a Burlington pork processing facility where activist Regan Russell was killed earlier this year.

“I’m here to honour Regan Russell and all the animal activists who dedicate their lives to ending this injustice,” Phoenix was quoted as saying in a Pig Save press statement released Friday morning.

The acclaimed actor and Joker star, who has been a vegan for most of his life, joined Russell’s stepson at the vigil.

“We were struck by his humble, courteous nature and really appreciated the moments we had to talk with him and share stories about Regan,” said Joshua Powell.

Phoenix has become more public about his animal rights activism since his acceptance speech at the Oscars in February. It delved into gender, Indigenous and animal rights. More recently, he has been joining animal rights activists on picket lines.

Regan was struck and killed by a truck transporting pigs outside Sofina’s Fearmans slaughterhouse in Burlington on June 19. The 65-year-old lifelong activist was part of a vigil with Toronto Pig Save to protest Bill 156, the province’s so-called “ag-gag” law.

In July, Halton Regional police charged a 28-year-old North Perth man with careless driving causing death in Russell’s death.


Comments (3)

  • Toronto Pig Save November 20, 2020 01:11 PM

    Thanks for writing this article. Minor correction, Regan was killed on June 19th, not the 27th.

  • Angel Cleary November 20, 2020 05:17 PM

    What a wonderful being he is! We need more celebrities to aid us in ending speciesism for good.

  • Michael Thompson November 24, 2020 09:13 AM

    I’m extremely confused. Why is he allowed to enter our country during a pandemic?

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