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Joaquin Phoenix Saves Cow And Calf From Slaughterhouse After Animal Rights Oscars Speech

By Jeff Mazzeo

Joaquin Phoenix was not just blowing smoke when he delivered her powerful Oscars speech about animal rights.

The "Joker" actor practiced what he preached by visiting a Los Angeles based slaughterhouse and saved a cow along with her newborn calf. Phoenix joined with Los Angeles Animal Save and traveled to Manning Beef in Pico Rivera, California less than two days after he gave an emotional speech while accepting the award for Best Actor in a leading role. After speaking with CEO Anthony Di Maria, Joaquin was seen in a YouTube video loading the newborn calf into a trailer to be taken to Farm Sanctuary in Acton, California. Before parting ways with the saved animals, Phoenix and his wife, Rooney Mara named the mother cow Liberty and the baby calf Indigo.

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In a statement released after the event, Phoenix admitted that he connected with the boss of a slaughterhouse.

"I never thought I’d find friendship in a slaughterhouse, but meeting Anthony and opening my heart to his, I realize we might have more in common than we do differences," Phoenix said. "Without his act of kindness, Liberty and her baby calf, Indigo, would have met a terrible demise. 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."

"Liberty and Indigo will never experience cruelty or the touch of a rough hand," the actor continued. "My hope is, as we watch baby Indigo grow up with her mom Liberty at Farm Sanctuary, that we’ll always remember that friendships can emerge in the most unexpected places; and no matter our differences, kindness, and compassion should rule everything around us."

His Powerful Oscars Speech


Phoenix used the time for his Oscars acceptance speech to spread the message that animal cruelty should be at the forefront of everyone's mind. He described the process of milk production an emphasized the disturbing details that he feels the public ignores.

"We go into the natural world and plunder it for its resources. 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," Joaquin said. "And then we take her milk that's intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal."

He continued, "And I think we fear the idea of personal change because we think that we have to sacrifice something, to give something up. But human beings at our best are so inventive and creative and ingenious and I think that when we use love and compassion as our guiding principles, we can create, and develop, and implement systems of change that are beneficial to all sentient beings and the environment."

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