PETA Statement: Charges Filed in Regan Russell Death

For Immediate Release:
July 20, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Toronto – Below, please find a statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in response to reports that the Halton Regional Police Service is bringing charges of Careless Driving Causing Death against the driver of the pig transport truck that struck and killed longtime animal advocate and PETA supporter Regan Russell:

Today’s charges must be upgraded to reflect the death of a kind and gentle soul who did no wrong. Regan Russell spent her last moments on Earth showing kindness to animals, and everyone can honor her memory by going vegan.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat,” and we oppose speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind