Joaquin Phoenix left the SAG awards on Sunday January 19 to visit pigs in a slaughterhouse. Phoenix went to the Farmer John Cloughtery Packing Company with Los Angeles Animal Save, according to People.

Phoenix, the award winning actor and animal rights activist, went with the group to support pigs at the slaughterhouse. Phoenix was filmed in a video that was posted to Facebook by Jane Velez-Mitchell. In the video he said, “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.”

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Phoenix continued, ” 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. Those of us that have seen it for what it really is, we have an obligation to expose it, so I have to be here.”

Speaking for many in the animal rights industry, Phoenix said, ““There is a change that is happening and it’s now just becoming undeniable. Slowly but surely we’re getting there.As heartbreaking as it is when we’re here giving water to the pigs I have a certain optimism in our community and how committed everyone is. People come down here week after week after week so I had to come here tonight and support and it’s a little antidote to what I was just given, so I’m blessed to be here.”

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According to People, Los Angeles Animal Save hosts vigils for pigs on Sundays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Phoenix won the Golden Globe for his performance in Joker. In his Golden Globes acceptance speech, he spoke out about climate change and spoke about animal agriculture in press interviews with reporters. Phoenix and fiancé Rooney Mara are both vegans.

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