Today we pay loving tribute to Jill Phipps (15 January 1964 – 1 February 1995)
Jill Phipps was a British animal rights activist who was crushed under the wheels of a truck during a protest to stop the live export of calves. The calves were being transported to Coventry Airport in England for export to Amsterdam and then to farms across Europe to make veal. (The exports from the airport eventually stopped when the aviation company, owned by Christopher Barret-Jolly, went bankrupt.) Protesters regularly gathered outside the airport. On February 1, 1995 Phipps and a few protesters broke through a police cordon with the intention of slowing one of the trucks by chaining themselves to it. Phipps was caught under a truck; her fatal injuries included a broken spine.
The plaque on Jill’s grave reads ‘Died as she lived fearlessly fighting for animals.’
Read a friend’s remembrance of Jill here:
Watch a video tribute to Jill here: