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Joaquin Phoenix Went to an Animal Rights Vigil Right After the SAG Awards

Joaquin Phoenix Went to an Animal Rights Vigil Right After the SAG Awards

Joaquin Phoenix didn’t go to the 2020 SAG Awards after parties with the rest of the celebs and fellow winners. He decided to spend his time supporting an important cause instead.

The 45-year-old actor went straight from the awards show on Sunday night (January 19) to an animal rights vigil at a local slaughterhouse to offer comfort to pigs who were about to be killed.

“Most people don’t really know of the torture and murder in the meat and dairy industry. I’ve seen it for what it is, so I have to be here,” Joaquin told vlogger Jane Velez-Mitchell at the vigil. “We have moral obligations to talk about it and expose it for what it really is. We are so indoctrinated with these happy images of animals on farms, on the covers of meat containers, at restaurants, and it’s a lie. I think people need to know the truth and we have an obligation to do that.”

The vigil is held regularly by Los Angeles Animal Save. As trucks carrying pigs idle at the gates, Joaquin and other activists provide animals water and compassion in their final moments.

“Joaquin’s regular attendance at our vigils in L.A. has inspired activists both locally and globally,” said Amy Jean Davis, founder of L.A. Animal Save. “We are so grateful for his voice. All over the world, activists are bearing witness to animals bound for slaughter and waking up the world to their plight.”

Earlier in the night, Joaquin won the Best Actor award for his work in Joker.

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Photos: Robert Sud
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