Joaquin Phoenix puts profound Oscars speech into practice and saves cows from slaughterhouse
The compassionate actor helps stop mother cow and her baby from being killed
Less than two days after winning the Academy Award for Best Actor – and his now-famous acceptance speech condemning the dairy industry – Joaquin Phoenix helped Los Angeles Animal Save to rescue two cows, a mother and her new-born calf from a local slaughterhouse.
Joaquin named the mother cow, Liberty, and her daughter, Indigo, and the pair now live happily at Farm Animal Sanctuary’s Acton location in northern L.A. County.
Liberty gave birth in the holding area of Manning Beef in Pico Rivera, CA. They are the fifth bovine mother and child rescued from Manning Beef by L.A. Animal Save, the grassroots group that holds peaceful vigils at area slaughterhouses – Joaquin is a regular attendee.
Phoenix was joined at the slaughterhouse by his fiancée and fellow activist, Rooney Mara, as well as both their mothers, Earthlings director Shaun Monson (who filmed the rescue), L.A. Animal Save founder, Amy Jean Davis, and Farm Sanctuary president and co-founder, Gene Baur.
‘We must celebrate the victories’
“I never thought I’d find friendship in a slaughterhouse,” Phoenix says, “But meeting Anthony [president/CEO of Manning Beef] and opening my heart to his, I realise 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.”
“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.”
“My hope is, as we watch baby Indigo grow up with her mum 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.”
‘Liberty has a chance’
Amy Jean Davis also comments: “As a new mother myself, I immediately understood the profound bond between this mother cow and her calf, a bond all of us have with our babies.”
“Unlike most mothers in the modern food system, Liberty will have the chance to raise her baby Indigo, instead of being separated and killed by the meat and dairy industry. I’m so thankful to Joaquin for his help saving them from slaughter.”
Watch Monson’s video of inspiring the save, here.
Images and video: Shaun Monson(Director of Earthlings)