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· Joaquin Phoenix Attends Vigil Honouring Canadian Animal Rights Activist Who Died Giving Water To Pigs Outside Slaughterhouse [CAN]
· Animal rights activists vow to continue fight at vigil honouring Regan Russell [CAN]
· Calls for closure of meat processing plants [UK]
Joaquin Phoenix Attends Vigil Honouring Canadian Animal Rights Activist Who Died Giving Water To Pigs Outside Slaughterhouse
By Brent Furdyk, ET Canada
Jun 27, 2020
Joaquin Phoenix is paying tribute to a Canadian animal rights activist who lost her life while giving comfort to some animals in their final moments.
On Thursday, the “Joker” Oscar winner attended a vigil honouring Regan Russell, who was killed earlier this month after being struck by a transport truck while giving water to pigs outside a Toronto slaughterhouse.
Phoenix was among more than 100 animal activists at the vigil, reported People, held outside the Farmer John slaughterhouse in Vernon, California, on Thursday night.
Phoenix, a proponent of animal rights and veganism, wore a face mask and black hoodie reading “LA Animal Save” and a sign that read, “#SavePigs4Regan.”
“Regan Russell spent the final moments of her life providing comfort to pigs who had never experienced the touch of a kind hand,” Phoenix told People in a statement.
“While her tragic death has brought upon deep sorrow in the Animal Save community, we will honour 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 continued.
Russell died on the morning of June 19 outside an Ontario slaughterhouse when she was hit by a transport truck while offering water to pigs on their way to be slaughtered.
“She died fighting for what she believed in,” Russell’s partner, Mark Powell told The Hamilton Spectator...
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Animal rights activists vow to continue fight at vigil honouring Regan Russell
The Hamilton Spectator (Canada)
June 29, 2020
Nearly 150 people gathered outside the Fearman's Pork Inc. on Harvester Road Sunday in tribute to Hamilton animal rights activist Regan Russell, who died at a similar vigil last week.
Russell, 65, died after being struck by a transport truck outside Fearman’s slaughterhouse June 19. Witnesses said she had been giving water to pigs inside the trailer of a truck entering the meat processing facility shortly before she was hit.
Friends and fellow activists spoke at the gathering, vowing to continue their fight against the animal agricultural industry in Regan's name.
The Burlington vigil, organized by Toronto Pig Save, was joined by other vigils in cities around the world honouring the local activist...
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Calls for closure of meat processing plants
Animal welfare charity Viva! calls for the end of factory farming and the permanent closure of meat processing plants in response to the disease outbreak.
Brendan Montague, Ecologist (UK)
29th June 2020
An alarming number of meat processing plants are being forced to close due to outbreaks of Covid-19.
Meat processing plants are at the centre of Covid-19 outbreaks worldwide, according to the Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return group (FAIRR). Previously, a review of livestock-related zoonotic diseases found that, workers were 1,500 times more likely to be infected than the general population.
The animal welfare charity Viva! is calling for the permanent closure of meat processing plants as part of its ongoing campaign to end factory farming.
Germany was recently forced to re-impose strict lockdown measures after a surge in Covid-19 cases were reported in a number of meat processing plants.
More than 1,500 workers in the Rheda-Wiedenbrück plant run by Tönnies, the largest meat processing firm in Germany, were confirmed to have contracted the virus as the country’s reproduction ‘R number’ jumped from one to almost three. Several German abattoirs have also been affected, resulting in a number of closures.
Similar outbreaks have occurred across meat processing plants and slaughterhouses worldwide including in the US, the UK, Spain, Australia, Germany, Brazil and Canada. In the UK, several large factories have closed after workers tested positive for Covid-19, including the 2 Sisters Food Group, the UK’s main supplier of supermarket chicken, which closed its Anglesey plant after 58 people tested positive for the virus.
The Kober plant, which supplies bacon to ASDA and employs more than 500 people, also had to close. Another meat processing plant owned by ASDA in West Yorkshire became the third in 48 hours to confirm an outbreak after 150 workers fell ill.
Shockingly, more than 25,000 cases of Covid-19 have been linked to meat packing facilities in the US, with at least 91 confirmed deaths. More than 8,500 cases have been reported at Tyson Foods alone – the world’s second largest processor of beef, pork and chicken, which amounts to more cases than either Australia or Finland.