At the Academy Awards, the actor highlighted how the human race needs to reconnect with nature without exploitation and urged people to stop drinking cow's milk.
Joaquin Phoenix made waves at the Academy Awards this year with his heartfelt speech upon winning Best Actor for his portrayal of the titular character in The Joker. His messages have always been about environmental issues and at the Academy Awards, the actor highlighted how the human race needs to reconnect with nature without exploitation and urged people to stop drinking cow's milk, reports CNN.
In his Oscar speech, Phoenix encouraged veganism, saying, "We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and when she gives birth we steal her baby even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable and then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put in our coffee and our cereal." Phoenix is a vegan, too. And he can be quite persuasive when he sets his mind on something. At the Golden Globes, insiders told Variety that the actor convinced the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization that runs the Golden Globes, to implement its first all-vegan menu at the ceremony’s star-studded dinner.
The cows - named Liberty and Indigo - will now live out the rest of their natural lives alongside other rescued animals at the Acton branch of Farm Sanctuary. #JoaquinPhoenix #RooneyMarahttps://t.co/FsscnVSZWX— rock n' l'autre (@RockAutre) February 21, 2020
During his acceptance speech, he acknowledged his role in the night's menu saying, "First I would like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing and acknowledging the link between animal agriculture and climate change, it’s a very bold move, making tonight plant-based," he said. "We don’t have to take private jets to Palm Springs sometimes or back, please." The Oscar winner joined Los Angeles Animal Save, a nonprofit that holds peaceful vigils at local slaughterhouses, to use his celebrity status to do something good. On his fifth stint with the organization, he rescued a cow who he aptly named Liberty. She had just given birth to her calf who was named Indigo.
"Phoenix asks to take Liberty and Indigo from the slaughterhouse and the CEO agrees before the video shows a white truck pulling up to the area. The mother is lead to the vehicle by members of Farm Sanctuary while Phoenix carries the calf out of the gates"https://t.co/MYaCUegxQy— Andrew (@awright4645) February 21, 2020
The star had an open talk with the owner who gave up the cow and calf to be rescued. "I never thought I'd find friendship in a slaughterhouse," the star said in a statement reports CNN. The mother and calf were transferred to Farm Sanctuary in north Los Angeles County. "My hope is, as we watch baby Indigo grow up with her mom Liberty at Farm Sanctuary, that we'll always remember that friendship can emerge in the most unexpected places," Phoenix said. "And no matter our differences, kindness and compassion should rule everything around us." The Los Angeles Animal shared the rescue video of Liberty and Indigo produced by documentary filmmaker Shaun Monson on their Facebook page, as well.
Dairy farmers are furious about Joaquin Phoenix explaining the cruelty in their industry because CONSUMERS DIDN'T KNOW. Imagine all the other things consumers are going to find out about animal agriculture once more people with platforms start talking about it.— Sam W Ⓥ (@saminalrights) February 16, 2020
They wrote: Phoenix was joined at the slaughterhouse by his fiancée and fellow activist Rooney Mara, both his and Mara’s mothers, Earthlings Director Shaun Monson, Los Angeles Animal Save Founder Amy Jean Davis, and Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder Gene Baur. The group worked with employees onsite to rescue Liberty—who had recently given birth at the slaughterhouse—and her newborn calf Indigo. This is the fifth mother-child bovine rescue secured by Los Angeles Animal Save from Manning Beef. Phoenix concluded by saying, "Although we will continue to fight for the liberation of all animals who suffer in these oppressive systems, we must take pause to acknowledge and celebrate the victories, and the people who helped achieve them."
"Shaun Monson, Amy Jean Davis, and the entire LA Animal Save community have taken their pain of bearing witness and turned it into effective, diplomatic advocacy for the voiceless. As a result, Liberty and Indigo will never experience cruelty or the touch of a rough hand." Right after the Oscars, the actor, still in his tux, lent a hand to the group to comfort and give water to the pigs on their way to the slaughterhouse. People were touched by his actions and Cynthia Datria shared: Thank you, Joaquin, you are what Hollywood needs more of, a heart of gold, a Special Angel. I don't eat meat, I refuse to pay into torture and heartbreak of animals.