When taking his Oscar for Best Actor, Joaquin Phoenix made a series of serious points on the meat industry.
Phoenix, who won the prestigious award for his role in Joker, questioned the meat industry, making points on artificial insemination etc.
More specifically he said:
We go into the natural world and we plunder it for its resources. We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakeable. Then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal.
And the day after the Oscars, Phoenix went and saved a cow and its calf from a slaughterhouse in California.
Now the two are happily living together at a sanctuary nearby.
Joaquin was caught on camera carrying the baby cow away from the holding area where she was born and onto a trailer with her mom.
Phoenix also spent some time chatting with the owner of the slaughterhouse, Anthony Di Maria, and while they didn’t agree on everything, they did find some common ground.
Speaking later, Phoenix said:
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. Without his act of kindness, Liberty and her baby calf, Indigo, would have met a terrible demise.
Phoenix is sticking true to his word.