Nothing is sadder than the untimely loss of human life, especially when that loss is completely avoidable and due entirely to folly. This depicts the death of animal rights activist Regan Russell of Toronto Pig Save.
Please don’t for a minute think I believe Ms. Russell was anything but a lovely and compassionate person; but we all have to take a long and sober look at the fallout created from her fatal miscalculation.
Probably the most disturbing outcome of this tragic accident is the witch hunt for the living victim, her presumed MURDERER: the truck driver who was simply doing his job and trying to feed his family. On that terrible day, a woman who most likely deliberately disobeyed the recent passing of Bill 156–which strictly forbids the interference with live animal transport resulting in fines up to $25,000–altered his and his family’s life forever.
According to third-party eye-witness accounts, Ms. Russell was standing right in front of the truck just as many activists have done, right where the truck driver could not see her. This was while the truck was stopped for several minutes prior to making the turn to the slaughter plant. When the truck was given the go-ahead to move forward, it was with the truck driver fully unaware that Ms. Russell (or anybody else for that matter) was still standing in front of the grill. Sadly, Ms. Russell could not move away fast enough to save her own life. She died of her injuries soon after emergency personnel came on scene. The disturbing part of this incident is this: the animal activist groups have since determinedly marred such events to make it sound like the truck driver purposely mowed her down with no regard for her life, making it sound like Ms. Russell was the victim and the truck driver the perpetrator. Eye-witness accounts and video footage call into question these unfounded allegations and accusations and highlight the intent of these extremist groups to turn this poor woman into a martyr for animal rights extremism.
Animal rights extremist groups have gone so far as to offer rewards for information on this man, his life and his whereabouts. I have never seen more vile infringements on personal privacy and liberty in my life. We have international online social justice warriors and liberators of all animals acting as judge, jury, and executioner of an innocent man who is trying to do an honest day’s work for a legal company. Here are some examples.
Not only are these “compassionate” impassioned souls calling for the complete destruction of this truck driver’s life but they are also calling for the ruination of all meat-eaters’ lives and livelihoods through whatever means possible; be it slander, violence, theft, or property destruction. Usually some egregious combination of all of the aforementioned. The vandalism and theft started on cue with barely contained glee for this or any tragedy that fit the bill to launch their true criminal pursuits. “For the animals” of course.
At the top of my list of contemptible Villains in this unfortunate story has to be the Joker himself, Joaquin Phoenix, multi-millionaire celebrity, who swoops in to attend Canada’s Ms. Russell’s Los Angeles vigil without a word of caution to possible future victims of fatal folly via similar fats. Nor does he offer a single benevolent word to the truck driver and his family, whom you would have to be a literal court jester to not acknowledge the unimaginable confusion and pain they must be experiencing. But then again, money and celebrity-status aside, Phoenix is, after all, first and foremost and by his own admission, a lifelong animal RIGHTS activist. I’d also be remiss to mention that he is a proud supporter of the well-known infamous domestic terrorist group ALF (Animal Liberation Front) as recognized by his government’s own Federal Bureau of Investigation.
So what is my, Lana Joe Salant’s purpose for this message today? Am I in support of the factory farming of animals? Maybe I just hate people who love animals? Could it be I secretly hate all animals and my end game is to see to their confinement and torture at all costs especially for the sole benefits of my taste buds, as I have been told hundreds of times over the years by these same compassionate Earth Angels?
Here is what I am saying and have repeatedly said for the past 8 years; an Ethical Omnivore Movement message which I have been bringing to as many people that will hear it on Social Media as possible: I first honour my fellow man and I do that by bringing them the knowledge of optimal omnivore health that should include animal products. Secondly, I honour my food animals by supporting farms that raise their animals with care through pasture-based life and reverent death. Finally, I honour our planetary home, the Earth, by supporting Regenerative Agriculture, both crop and animal, and those amazing food system heroes who practice it.
The headlines, Regan Russel’s partner and her supporters scream “My life ended Friday, Overturn Bill 156, End Animal Ag” The sad irony of all of this is, had Bill 156 not only been implemented but enforced, Regan Russel would have her life and her partner, now seeking restitution would also have his partner, but also a stiff fine to contend with.
There has never been a more poignant example for the need, and the stringent execution of, Ag-Gag laws and consequential punishments for breaking them. Should industrial organizations be left to their own devices without the strictest of scrutiny? ABSOLUTELY NOT! These CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) need MORE stringent animal welfare guidelines and far more eyes upon them. What they don’t need is volatile, bias, hysterical, untrained, biohazard, animal rights activist (ARA) trespassers infiltrating their LEGAL business operations by nefarious means; such as posing as employees, or paying foreign workers to deliberately abuse animals for the purpose of creating [edited] video footage “proof”. These dishonest people are committing fraud and come with a vigilante mindset. Why do we oppose vigilante justice in all other areas of life, yet somehow pass off the theft of livestock and poultry as “okay” if we rebrand it as “rescue“? Now having said all this, it’s imperative that the governments who have approved these Ag-Gag laws should also implement third-party, unbiased trained professionals to make sure the letter of the [hopefully ever-expanding for the animals’ benefit] law is upheld and, if not, the heavy hand of said law is executed with the fullest force of punishment dealt to those proven guilty.
This is a sad and unfortunate tale indeed. No-one won here folks, except for the animal rights cult of vegan extremism which cares nothing for animal welfare, nothing for the life of this truck driver and, to my eternal disgust, used this poor woman’s death as a victory badge of honour and reason a to party on her grave. And as usual… no animals were saved… none ever are. Shame on them.