Animal Writes
27 December 1998 Issue
Animals Lose a Friend


The animals and the animal rights community have lost a tireless crusader. Regina Atwater, the president of Rochester's "Animal Advocates of Upstate New York" died yesterday, after a fatal car accident a few days ago. She suffered massive head injuries when a car driven by an unlicensed girl slammed into Regina's car while she sat outside the school where she taught. The driver of the unlicensed car had a permit but was driving illegally. Suspicions that this was an intentional act are unconfirmed. The area of the occurrence is known as a rough neighborhood where activities such as cockfighting have occurred and Regina was known to protest such activities. Regina was thought to have never regained consciousness after the incident, and her family decided to take her off life support yesterday (Saturday).

Besides being the president of Animal Advocates of Upstate New York, Regina was a very active and adventurous person -- and among other activities, she loved to go kayaking. She was also a teacher and a nun. Regina educated a lot of people about animal rights through talking to students in schools. She frequently used animal rights information supplied to her by EnglandGal for lectures and the 24 hour voice mail help line that Regina's group hosts, which in turn supplied information when people would call in with questions regarding care of animals, animal issues, and, of course, animal rights issues.

It will be impossible to "replace" such a person -- but hopefully her death will motivate the Rochester group to move on with their helping of the animals, stronger than ever, as Regina would have wanted. Animal Advocates of Upstate New York will be holding an emergency meeting soon, to decide what to do about their group's leadership and future. Regina was an extremely dedicated and tireless fighter for the animals. Funeral arrangements are still pending.

Condolences can be sent to:
Animal Advocates of Upstate New York, Inc.
P O Box 18415,
Rochester, New York 14618

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled
as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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