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Joaquin Phoenix rescued a mother cow and her calf from a slaughterhouse the day after winning an Oscar

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Most Oscar winners probably spend the day after the award show relaxing and rejoicing with friends and family. But "Joker" star Joaquin Phoenix celebrated winning the Academy Award for Best Actor by rescuing two cows from a slaughterhouse. 

During Phoenix's acceptance speech at the Oscars, he highlighted the devastating realities faced by animals in the agriculture industry. The next day, he liberated a mother cow and her newborn calf from a slaughterhouse in Los Angeles and brought them to an animal sanctuary.

Phoenix named the cow Liberty and her daughter, Indigo, who was born just a week prior to his visit. The animals will now "live out the rest of their lives in peace," Farm Sanctuary said in its announcement of the rescue Thursday.

Joaquin Phoenix Rescues Mother Cow and Newborn Calf Day after Academy Awards Win

BREAKING: A day after winning the Academy Award for Best Actor—and subsequently making a headlining acceptance speech in which he spoke to the plight of mother cows and their babies used in animal agriculture—Joaquin Phoenix helped to liberate a cow and her newborn calf from a Los Angeles slaughterhouse and bring them to Farm Sanctuary, where they will live out the rest of their lives in peace. Phoenix named the mother Liberty and her daughter Indigo. Phoenix said, “I never thought I’d find friendship in a slaughterhouse, but meeting Anthony [President/CEO of the slaughterhouse] 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 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. Phoenix added, “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.” It’s hard to imagine an experience more terrifying for a mother—or for her baby—than to give birth at a slaughterhouse. Witnessing the birth tugged at the heartstrings of the slaughterhouse owner—and not for the first time. 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.” Special thanks to documentary filmmaker Shaun Monson for producing and directing this beautiful video.

Posted by Farm Sanctuary on Thursday, February 20, 2020

The passionate vegan met earlier this month with the owner of Manning Beef, the slaughterhouse that he saved Liberty and Indigo from. In a video posted by the sanctuary Thursday, the two disagreed on a number of points, especially the use of the terms "harvested" versus "murdered," but they eventually found common ground.  

"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 told Farm Sanctuary. "Without his act of kindness, Liberty and her baby calf, Indigo, would have met a terrible demise."

Phoenix went to the slaughterhouse with his fiancée and fellow activist Rooney Mara, both of their mothers, "Earthlings" director Shaun Monson, Los Angeles Animal Save founder Amy Jean Davis and Farm Sanctuary president and co-founder Gene Baur. Working together, the group was able to rescue the two animals, and Phoenix even personally carried Indigo out of the slaughterhouse and into the sanctuary.  

Farm Sanctuary said this is the fifth time Los Angeles Animal Save has been able to rescue a mother-child duo from Manning Beef. The video concludes by showing Liberty and Indigo at the ranch, roaming free in a large enclosure. 

Phoenix used his prominence at this year's award circuit to continuously call attention to animals and the environment. In January, he convinced the Golden Globes to serve an all-vegan menu and got arrested at one of Jane Fonda's weekly "Fire Drill Fridays" climate change protests.

"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," Phoenix said. 

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