Truck Driver Who Killed Animal Rights Activist Regan Russell Sentenced to Pay $2,000

Truck driver Andrew Blake has pleaded guilty to careless driving causing the death of animal rights activist Regan Russell outside Fearmans Pork slaughterhouse located in Burlington, Ontario in June 2020. Blake pleaded guilty to the single charge under the provincial Highway Traffic Act and was ordered to pay the minimum possible fine of $2,000 while a charge of careless driving causing death could have attracted a maximum $50,000 fine plus two years in jail. Russell, a member of the Animal Save Movement, was killed while protesting the province’s ag-gag law, the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020. Camille Labchuk, a lawyer and executive director of Animal Justice, stated: “the leniency shown by police and prosecutors in this case is troubling but not surprising. Industries that farm, transport, and slaughter animals are seldom held to account for causing unlawful animal suffering—despite clear evidence regularly provided to authorities.”