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Entertainment Joaquin Phoenix Attends Vigil for Animal Rights Activist After She Died Outside a Slaughterhouse

05:40  27 june  2020
05:40  27 june  2020 Source:   people.com

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A day after Joaquin Phoenix hoisted the first Oscar of his career he rescued a cow and her Phoenix also released a statement through the activist group: “I never thought I’d find friendship in a Although we will continue to fight for the liberation of all animals who suffer in these oppressive

Joaquin Phoenix cut his Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards The actor joined a crowd of animal rights activists at the slaughterhouse protest, run by the Los Angeles During the vigil , Phoenix comforted the animals as they made their way to the slaughterhouse by offering them fresh water

Joaquin Phoenix paid tribute to an animal rights activist after she died giving pigs water outside of a Canadian slaughterhouse.

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The Oscar-winning actor, 45, joined more than 100 animal rights activists for a vigil to commemorate Regan Russell outside of the Farmer John slaughterhouse in Vernon, California, on 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."

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This pig vigil is organized by Los Angeles Animal Save founded and lead by Amy Jean Davis. For over three years they have been organizing these life-changing vigils outside of this slaughterhouse , giving water to young pigs who are delivered to their deaths on perforated trucks.

Joker actor Joaquin Phoenix attended a pig vigil in Los Angeles after winning a Screen Actors Guild award at the weekend. The 45-year-old thespian Speaking to a reporter for Jane Unchained News – which describes itself as “a social media news network for animal rights /veganism” – Phoenix , a

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In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, 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.

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"The Ontario government can attempt to silence us with the passage of its Ag-Gag bill -Bill 156 - but we will never go away and we will never back down," he said. "My heart goes out to the Toronto Animal Save community and to Regan’s lifelong partner, Mark Powell."

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Joker actor Joaquin Phoenix attended a pig vigil in Los Angeles after winning a Screen Actors Guild award at the weekend. The 45-year-old thespian Speaking to a reporter for Jane Unchained News – which describes itself as “a social media news network for animal rights /veganism” – Phoenix , a

Phoenix said, "I never thought I’d find friendship in a slaughterhouse , but meeting Anthony and opening my heart to his My hope is, as we watch baby Indigo grow up with her mom Liberty at Farm Sanctuary, that we’ll always remember Phoenix was joined at the slaughterhouse by his fiancée and fellow activist Rooney Mara, both his Joaquin Phoenix Attends a Pig Vigil after SAG Awards!

Part of Russell’s fight was to repeal a new bill passed in Ontario, Bill 156, that will soon make it illegal for anyone to be on private property such as farms where animals intended for slaughter are usually held.

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

A spokesperson for the Halton Regional Police Service did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment, although an investigation into her death is being conducted, a spokesperson told CBC.

Russell’s partner, Powell, told The Hamilton Spectator shortly after her death he didn’t know how she ended up underneath the transport truck, but that he was willing to continue her legacy of fighting for animal welfare.

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“She died fighting for what she believed in,” Powell said. “Whatever it cost, she would pay. Sometimes it’s money. Sometimes, it’s this.”

On Friday, Powell told the CBC he'd fight Bill 156 for "the rest of my life."

"My life ended on Friday [June 19], so for as long as I'm left here, we have to pick up the torch and we have to fight things like Bill 156," he said.

A GoFundMe for Russell has been created by her family to provide funds for her funeral and legal expenses.

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