Press Release June 26, 2020

Date: Friday, 26 Jun 2020 at 08:40
Subject: One week ago Friday morning, Regan Russel was killed giving water to pigs at a vigil in Burlington

For Immediate Release

One week ago Friday morning, Regan Russel was killed giving water to pigs at a vigil in Burlington:

One week memorial vigil

Memorial for Regan Russell

Media Contacts: Anita Krajnc Tel: 416-825-6080 and Jenny McQueen 647-230-1924 Toronto Pig Save organizers. Email:,
What: Memorial vigil to honour the memory of Regan Russell.
Where: Toronto: Fearmans slaughterhouse June 28th, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Event Page: Toronto
Media Folder: Media

On Friday June 19 2020, animal activist Regan Russell was tragically struck by a truck and killed outside Fearmans slaughterhouse at a Toronto Pig Save vigil.

Fellow activist and friend Lori Croonen, who was at the scene and witnessed the incident prepared this video of the last time Regan bore witness on the morning of Friday June 19th. Regan gave water to thirsty pigs that hot scorching morning and was holding a one gallon water bottle with a hose when she was struck and killed.

Regan’s husband Mark released a statement yesterday linked here, containing calling for ag gag Bill 156 to be repealed:

In pursuing justice, we have this to say; it does not end with a senseless death or a major meat distributor. This is not just a fight for vegetarians, vegans, and animal rights activists. This is a fight for the sanctity of our rights as free citizens to demonstrate for what we believe in. We seek to repeal Bill 156 in its entirety, and let it be known we believe Regan’s blood is on the hands of those that supported this vile legislation.’

A GoFundMe in Reagan's name has been set up to carry on her legacy.

Regan had been an animal advocate since 1979, attended vigils weekly for years, and cared deeply about justice for animals, racial justice, and protecting the vulnerable.

10,000 pigs are killed at the Fearmans slaughterhouse in Burlington every day. Toronto Pig Save activists have been holding regular vigils outside Fearmans since 2011 and call for Fearmans to switch to a plant based facility.

Toronto Pig Save was started in December 2010 as a grassroots, animal rights, vegan group and has since grown worldwide becoming the Animal Save Movement with 1000 Save chapters in over 70 countries worldwide.