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Joaquin Phoenix Saved a Baby Calf Just Hours After Winning the Oscar (Video)

Joaquin Phoenix is practicing what he preached.

Less than 48 hours after winning Best Actor at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday, February 9, the 45-year-old actor helped the Los Angeles Animal Save free a cow and her newborn calf from a local slaughterhouse.

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The cow gave birth in the holding area of Manning Beef – a slaughterhouse – in Pico Rivera, Calif. They are the fifth cow mother and child rescued from Manning Beef by L.A. Animal Save.

Joaquin has since named the mother cow Liberty, and her calf Indigo.

Ahead of the rescue, Joaquin was given a tour of the slaughterhouse by CEO Anthony Di Maria.

“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,” Joaquin shared in a statement through L.A. Animal Save. “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.”

Liberty and Indigo now live at Farm Sanctuary’s Acton location in northern L.A. County.

During his Oscars acceptance speech, Joaquin gave an impassioned speech veganism and saving animals, while referencing “stealing” a baby calf away from its mother.

“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,” Joaquin continued. “And no matter our differences, kindness and compassion should rule everything around us.”

Joaquin‘s Oscars speech encouraged this actress to go vegan.

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Lena Dunham Says Joaquin Phoenix's Oscars 2020 Speech Made Her Vegan

Joaquin Phoenix made an impassioned acceptance speech at the 2020 Oscars last night where he spoke about a wide range of topics including veganism, social justice, and more.

In his speech, Joaquin said, “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. And then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal. 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, develop, and implement systems of change that are beneficial to all sentient beings and to the environment.”

Lena Dunham took to Twitter after watching Joaquin‘s speech and tweeted, “Welp, it finally happened- I do believe Joaquin Phoenix made me vegan.”

Find out which celebs used to be vegan and actually quit for a variety of reasons.

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Joaquin Phoenix Wins at Oscars 2020, Uses His Speech to Promote Social Justice & Honor Late Brother River

Joaquin Phoenix completed his feel sweep of the awards season with a win for Best Actor at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday (February 9) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The 45-year-old actor won the award for his work in the movie Joker and just like he did at all the other awards show, Joaquin used his speech to promote social justice.

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At the BAFTAs, Joaquin talked about the lack of diversity in the nominees. At the SAG Awards, he paid tribute to Heath Ledger, who previously played the Joker. At the Critics’ Choice Awards, he talked about veganism and thanked the show for having a plant-based meal. At the Golden Globes, he encouraged Hollywood to make greener changes.

“When he was 17, my brother wrote this lyric, he said ‘run to the rescue with love and peace will follow,’” Joaquin said to end his Oscars speech, paying tribute to his late brother River Phoenix.

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Joaquin Phoenix & Fiancee Rooney Mara Show Rare PDA at Oscars 2020!

Joaquin Phoenix and his fiancee Rooney Mara walk the red carpet separately at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday (February 9) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

If you don’t know, Joaquin has absolutely swept awards season this year for his portrayal of the Joker in the Joker film. He is nominated again tonight.

Rooney has been by his side for most of awards season as well! In fact, you should see the super cute thing Joaquin did on the Golden Globes red carpet when he saw Rooney!

These two don’t often show PDA on the red carpet, but they did at tonight’s Oscars and it was really cute.

If you’re unaware, Joaquin has been wearing the same suit for every awards season show this year and there’s a reason why.

FYI: Joaquin is wearing Stella McCartney. Rooney is wearing Alexander McQueen.

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, & Rami Malek Attend WME Pre-Oscar Party

The stars are kicking off Oscars Weekend!

Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, Rami Malek headed home after attending the WME Pre-Oscar Party on Friday night (February 22) at a private residence in Los Angeles.

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Other stars stepping out for the party included Jason Momoa and wife Lisa Bonet, Shay Mitchell, Mahershala Ali, Emily Ratajkowski and husband Sebastian Bear McClard, Michelle Rodriguez, Jonah Hill, Adam Sandler and wife Jackie, Michael B. Jordan, Wiz Khalifa, and Chloe Moretz with one of her brothers.

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Joaquin Phoenix & Fiancee Rooney Mara Join Jane Fonda at Fire Drill Friday Protest in L.A.

Joaquin Phoenix joins his friend Jane Fonda on a Fire Drill Friday protest on Friday afternoon (February 7) at City Hall in Los Angeles.

The Oscar-nominated actor was joined at the event by his fiancee Rooney Mara and her sister Kate Mara at the L.A. based protest. Jane had been holding the peaceful protests in Washington D.C. for months.

More celebs in attendance at the Fire Drill Friday included Marisa Tomei with her manager Donovan Daughtry, model Amber Valletta, singer Moby, and Harry Potter‘s Bonnie Wright.

This is going to be an exciting weekend for Joaquin as he’s the frontrunner to win Best Actor at the Oscars on Sunday!

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