Video: Sanctuary Welcomes Pigs Saved in Honor of Killed Activist

For Immediate Release:
July 2, 2020

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Norfolk, Va. – Days after PETA member Regan Russell was killed by a pig-transport truck during a peaceful protest outside a Toronto-area slaughterhouse, PETA managed to save two pigs from an Iowa factory farm in her honor. This new PETA video, released today, shows the piglets (now named Regan and Russell) traveling to Arthur’s Acres Animal Sanctuary in New York.

“We must do more to ensure that these sweet pigs from the heart of the pork industry are not going to be the only ones who live out the rest of their lives at a sanctuary, choosing when to frolic, where to forage, and how to spend their time,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA encourages everyone to show kindness to all living beings and to honor Regan Russell’s legacy of compassion by going vegan and getting others to join you.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—offers a free vegan starter kit, available here. More information about Regan and Russell is available here.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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